I got to work this morning, logged into Slack (which is wonderful, by the way), and reviewed the late-night activity on a pressing project deadline. An urgent task had been assigned to one of my peepz, and I did not see a response from him in the chat channel yet.
“Is it safe to assume,” I wrote, “that you are working on this task?”
I saw “peep is typing” and then that disappeared. Then again, “peep is typing” and it disappeared.
So I looked at my question again. Is it safe to assume that you are working on this? And I remembered that this peep is in Ukraine, and not a native speaker of English. With new eyes, I realized: This is a strange construction! It is fairly clear what “you are working on this” means, but the first few words? Bizarre!
I reworded the question. His response was immediate.
I wonder this morning: is it safe to assume anything?