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    Post What's the difference between 'on vacation' and 'for a vacation'?

    Dear teachers,

    Could you please tell me if the following two sentences are correct? If so, are there any differences in meanings between them?

    #1 Last year, Nick and his parents flew to Greece on vacation.
    #2 Last year, Nick and his parents flew to Greece for a vacation.

    Thank you!

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    Re: What's the difference between 'on vacation' and 'for a vacation'?

    Not a teacher.

    As you have used the phrases they are equivalent.

    However, one might say they are "on vacation" (in America, anyway) without traveling anywhere. Simply to indicate they are not working for that time period.

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    Re: What's the difference between 'on vacation' and 'for a vacation'?

    I agree with SoothingDave.

    In BE we would say holiday rather than vacation.

    Rover

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