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1. Please water the plants while I am away.

2. Please water the plants while I am absent.

3. Please water the plants in my absence.

4.Please water the plants while I am not here.

5. Please water the plants while I am out.

6. Please water the plants while I am on a business trip.

7. Please water the plants while I am at work.

(Are they all grammatical? Are the expressions from #1 to #5 the same? Thank you for your help.)

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    1, 3, 4, and 6 mean about the same thing.

    2, 5, and 7 mean a more temporary absence -- like being absent from class or work or like being out for the evening -- but not away from home on a trip of several days or a week or more.

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