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    #1

    take or spend a holiday

    The Blacks will ___ their holiday in China.
    A. cost
    B. take

    C. spend
    D. use

    The answer key is C, but I think B is also OK. What do you say?


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    #2

    Re: take or spend a holiday

    Only C works in American English. I think B may be possible in the British version.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: take or spend a holiday

    I agree that b) is equally acceptable.

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    #4

    Re: take or spend a holiday

    "take" a holiday/vacation is usually requesting or reserving time for a day off or a holiday.
    Translator, editor and TESOL certificate holder, but not a teacher. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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