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1. Can I go home a little early?
2. Can I go home kind of early?
3. Can I go home rather early?
4. Can I go home somewhat early?
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Are they all the same? Which ones are commonly used?

  • English -

    First, "can" implies an ability to do something. Anyone "can" go home early by merely doing so. To ask permission to leave early, one should ask, "MAY I go home...

    Aside from that, all of these sentences are correct and they all mean the same thing. I prefer the first one. The others are either slangy (kind of) or rather stiff or formal (rather and somewhat).

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