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    'on holiday' or 'for holiday'?

    Do we say 'on holiday' or 'for holiday'

    I am confused with this. Our teacher tought us usin 'on' but now I have seen homewhere 'for'.
    Thaks for clarifying.
    Cestmir


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    Re: 'on holiday' or 'for holiday'?

    We went to Hawaii for our holidays

    We were on holiday in Hawaii


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    Re: 'on holiday' or 'for holiday'?

    Thank you for fast reply Anglika.
    So am I right if I say either 'I am going for holiday to Provence this summer' or 'I am going on holiday to Provence this summer' ? Both are equal?
    Thanks.
    Cestmir

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    Re: 'on holiday' or 'for holiday'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cesta View Post
    Thank you for fast reply Anglika.
    So am I right if I say either 'I am going for holiday to Provence this summer' or 'I am going on holiday to Provence this summer' ? Both are equal?
    Thanks.
    Cestmir
    The first version would be better as :'I am going for a holiday to Provence this summer' or 'I am going to Provence for my holidays this summer.'

    You could also say 'I'm going to holiday in Provence this summer.'


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    Re: 'on holiday' or 'for holiday'?

    In my experience, the British and Australians go "on holiday". It would be very unusual for an American English speaker to use the phrase. They go "on vacation." If a specific place is named [e.g. The Grand Canyon"} the most common phrase is "for vacation" after the place name. "I went to the Grand Canyon for vacation."

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    Re: 'on holiday' or 'for holiday'?

    Quote Originally Posted by polar6992 View Post
    In my experience, the British and Australians go "on holiday". It would be very unusual for an American English speaker to use the phrase. They go "on vacation." If a specific place is named [e.g. The Grand Canyon"} the most common phrase is "for vacation" after the place name. "I went to the Grand Canyon for vacation."
    holiday=BrE
    vacation=AmE

    Since the original post was about 'holiday' we stuck to that.

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