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you are working with a colleague.. he is doing some work that will be then sent to you for you to continue...

it is evening,and he is trying hard to finish it.. i say in email 'it can wait till tomorrow morning.. have a good evening.. '.. he replies by email 'Just let me work.. I beg of you'..

how should i interpret this.. was it just a funny tone or was he offended?
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dhsindy SparrowConnect With a Mentor Retired considering supplemental income.Commented:
I would say he was almost finished and did not want to wait.  But, it is up to you how long to wait.
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carlmdConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Assuming this person is not a subordinate, then I would interpret this as a funny tone. The "I beg of you" part leads me to this.

If a subordinate that you manage closely, then I would say he was offended. Basically indicating leave me alone to get the job done on my terms.
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speed_54Connect With a Mentor Commented:
If you have decided that you don't need to have it on your desk immediately, I'd say what your colleague is saying is "I don't want to be pressured. I haven't finished, but I will have it done for you for the time you set". Just leave him alone.
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Paul SauvéConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
Either telephone him or go see him face to face and ask him "Did I upset you?". Otherwise you are just second guessing.

We seem to have forgotten how to have direct conversations with people!
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