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    I have been on holidays vs I was on holidays.

    Could you please tell me what is the difference between "I was on holidays" and "I have been on holidays?" People say after coming back from holidays "I have been on holidays for a while" I think they can say "I was on holidays". What is the difference could you please explain?

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    Re: I have been on holidays vs I was on holidays.

    They both mean more or less the same; the difference lies in how they would be used in a context.

    By the way, while "holidays" is common usage, strictly speaking it should be "holiday".

    "Where were you last week?"
    "I was on holiday".

    "How did you get so tanned?"
    "I have been on holiday".

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    Re: I have been on holidays vs I was on holidays.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    They both mean more or less the same; the difference lies in how they would be used in a context.

    By the way, while "holidays" is common usage, strictly speaking it should be "holiday".

    "Where were you last week?"
    "I was on holiday".

    "How did you get so tanned?"
    "I have been on holiday".
    So they mean almost the same?

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    Re: I have been on holidays vs I was on holidays.

    Their meanings are the same. Their usage differs.

    To use each correctly, their respective sentence structures would be different. To use each naturally, the context would (probably) be different.

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    Re: I have been on holidays vs I was on holidays.

    With the past simple, you are presenting the fact of being on holiday as a past-time situation. With the present perfect, you are thinking of its relevance to the present in some way.

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