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Telephone one's employer or school that one is ill and cannot come to work or attend. For example, Ben called in sick and told his boss he would miss the meeting. [Mid-1900s]

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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