I have a colleague X, and another person from the office named Y came looking for him but X was not on his seat. When X comes back, how do I tell him "Y came looking for you"?


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Formal would be

Y hat Dich/Sie gesucht.
Y hat nach Dir/Ihnen gefragt.

You could also say (informally)

Y wollte Dich sprechen
Y war gerade hier
Y wollte was von Dir



Frau Y hat Sie gesucht.
Y hat Dich gesucht.


Y wollte etwas von Dir.

The level of formality in your office somewhat decides what to use but you never go wrong with the formal variant.

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    This only goes to show that the initial eager to close this question were wrong. I could never have guessed that the phrase with "wollte" is informal, nor can I find this info in the usual resources.
    – Beta
    Commented Apr 21, 2018 at 4:50
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    @Beta: thank you - that is exactly why I brought it up in Meta.
    – Takkat
    Commented Apr 21, 2018 at 8:19

It depends on the level of formality your colleagues talk to each other and talk to you. Listed from the the language you would use with a friend to very polite and formal language, these would be my solutions:

Y wollte was von Dir/Ihnen

This is the equivalent of: "X wanted something". As you see, it is not the politest language, but it most definitely isn't rude.

Y hat Dich/Sie gesucht

Y war vorhin hier

Y wollte etwas mit Dir/Ihnen besprechen

Y hatte ein Anliegen

These are just simple sentences, you could add more details like "Y wanted to talk to you, but you weren't here, so I said I'd remind you", I don't know if that's the case

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