# Thread: Which one is correct ?

1. ## Which one is correct ?

Hullo!
Which one is correct ?
1-We had two weeks' holiday .
2-We had two week's holiday .
3-We had two a two weeks' holiday
4-We had two weeks holiday .
Thanks

2. ## Re: Which one is correct ?

I'm not a teacher, but it was on this forum before, so I'm sure it's correct.

3. ## Re: Which one is correct ?

Originally Posted by Sir Shakespeare
Hullo!
Which one is correct ?
1-We had two weeks' holiday .
2-We had two week's holiday .
3-We had two a two weeks' holiday
4-We had two weeks holiday .
Thanks
********** NOT a teacher **********

Hello, Sir Shakespeare.

(1) I believe that two "correct" answers would be:

We had a two weeks' holiday. =

We had a holiday of two weeks.

(2) We had a two-week holiday. (no "weeks")

Similar to: We have a five-year-old daughter.

((no "years")

THANK YOU

4. ## Re: Which one is correct ?

Well , thanks!
With regard to this :

Methinks, It's still ambiguous because according to The parser , it should be like this :

We had a two weeks' holiday.

Yet , I am still confused! I've just skimmed my Oxford Learner's Pocket Grammar and I've found this example :

James has got three weeks' holiday . (( without a ))

The parser

We had a holiday of two weeks.

Good way of expressing the same idea!

We had a two-week holiday. (no "weeks")

Great! Thank you

GREETINGS

5. ## Re: Which one is correct ?

Originally Posted by Sir Shakespeare

Well , thanks!
With regard to this :

Methinks, It's still ambiguous because according to The parser , it should be like this :

Yet , I am still confused! I've just skimmed my Oxford Learner's Pocket Grammar and I've found this example :

James has got three weeks' holiday . (( without a ))

The parser

Good way of expressing the same idea!

Great! Thank you

GREETINGS

********** NOT a teacher **********

Hello, Sir Shakespeare.

(1) You have asked an excellent question.

(2) I think that there is a difference between:

(a) We had a two weeks' vacation. (By the way, I think that

most native speakers are more comfortable with We had a two-

week vacation.)

(b) James has got three weeks' holiday.

(3) I do not feel qualified to explain the difference -- if any.

particular question again, and then probably someone will answer

THANK YOU

6. ## Re: Which one is correct ?

Originally Posted by Sir Shakespeare

Hullo!
Which one is correct ?
1-We had two weeks' holiday. Correct.
2-We had two week's holiday. Incorrect. "Two weeks" is plural, so the apostrophe goes after the "s".
3-We had two a two weeks' holiday. Incorrect. We had a two-week holiday.
4-We had two weeks holiday. Incorrect. Apostrophe needed, as in Sentence 1.

Thanks

When you're talking about a holiday as in a period of time you have spent away from home (vacation in AmE), then you would say "I had a two-week holiday". This means that you had one holiday and it lasted two weeks.

In BrE, if you're talking about holiday entitlement (the number of days that you are allowed to take off work), then you would say "At my old job, I got/had two weeks' holiday". "In my current job, I have three weeks' holiday, but in my previous job I had four weeks' holiday".

7. ## Re: Which one is correct ?

Originally Posted by Sir Shakespeare

Well , thanks!
With regard to this :

Methinks, It's still ambiguous because according to The parser , it should be like this :

Yet , I am still confused! I've just skimmed my Oxford Learner's Pocket Grammar and I've found this example :

James has got three weeks' holiday . (( without a ))

The parser

Good way of expressing the same idea!

Great! Thank you

GREETINGS

********** NOT a teacher **********

Hello, Sir Shakespeare.

(1) Because of Teacher EMSR, you and I now understand the

difference between those two sentences -- one with a, and one

without it.

(2) I think that you would like to know something I discovered.

The British prefer to say:

James has got three weeks' holiday.

Americans prefer to say:

James has three weeks' vacation.

THANK YOU

8. ## Re: Which one is correct ?

Originally Posted by TheParser
********** NOT a teacher **********

Hello, Sir Shakespeare.

(1) Because of Teacher EMSR, you and I now understand the

difference between those two sentences -- one with a, and one

without it.

(2) I think that you would like to know something I discovered.

The British prefer to say:

James has got three weeks' holiday.

Americans prefer to say:

James has three weeks' vacation.

THANK YOU
I agree about the difference between holiday and vacation, but not necessarily the use of "has got" vs "has". Whilst it's true that "to have got" is used in BrE and not, I believe, in AmE, I wouldn't say that we are more likely to say "has got" than "has" in this context.

However (!), in BrE, I would expect the following exchange:

How many days' holiday do you get?
I get 25 days' holiday.

Here, "get" means "receive" or "to be entitled to".

9. ## Re: Which one is correct ?

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
I agree about the difference between holiday and vacation, but not necessarily the use of "has got" vs "has". Whilst it's true that "to have got" is used in BrE and not, I believe, in AmE, I wouldn't say that we are more likely to say "has got" than "has" in this context.

However (!), in BrE, I would expect the following exchange:

How many days' holiday do you get?
I get 25 days' holiday.

Here, "get" means "receive" or "to be entitled to".
********** NOT a teacher **********

Hello, Teacher EMSR.

(1) Thank you for the clarification.

(2) While I was googling, I came across this example from Mr. Raymond

Murphy's popular grammar:

Julia has got three weeks' holiday.

(a) That sounded strange to my ears, so I consulted my copy of

I have three weeks' vacation.

(3) Maybe we could say that most British people prefer have got, and

most Americans prefer have in those examples.

THANK YOU

10. ## Re: Which one is correct ?

Originally Posted by TheParser
********** NOT a teacher **********

Hello, Teacher EMSR.

(1) Thank you for the clarification.

(2) While I was googling, I came across this example from Mr. Raymond

Murphy's popular grammar:

Julia has got three weeks' holiday.

(a) That sounded strange to my ears, so I consulted my copy of

I have three weeks' vacation.

(3) Maybe we could say that most British people prefer have got, and

most Americans prefer have in those examples.

THANK YOU
I would say "Julia has three weeks holiday a year" NOT "Julia has got three weeks holiday a year.

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