Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    tufguy is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    6,277

    What is the difference between "vacation" and "holiday"?

    1) I had a four days vacation last year.

    2) I had a four days holiday last year.

    3) He went on holidays.

    4) He went on a vacation.

    Could you please check my sentences? What is the difference between "vacation" and "holiday"?

  2. #2
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    13,531

    Re: What is the difference between "vacation" and "holiday"?

    In your examples, the use of "holiday" is British. "Vacation" is American. I use my vacation days at work when I want time off. I go on vacation when I take my family to some destination for fun.

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    74,136

    Re: What is the difference between "vacation" and "holiday"?

    In 3, it should be on holiday IMO.

  4. #4
    teechar's Avatar
    teechar is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Iraq
      • Current Location:
      • Iraq
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    11,462

    Re: What is the difference between "vacation" and "holiday"?

    ... a four-day vacation/holiday ...

    or

    ... a vacation/holiday for four days ...

  5. #5
    tufguy is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    6,277

    Re: What is the difference between "vacation" and "holiday"?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    In your examples, the use of "holiday" is British. "Vacation" is American. I use my vacation days at work when I want time off. I go on vacation when I take my family to some destination for fun.
    So "vacation" and "holiday" both are same. One is American other is British.

  6. #6
    tufguy is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    6,277

    Re: What is the difference between "vacation" and "holiday"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Not necessarily. Christmas Day for example, is a holiday in both the UK and the USA. It is not a vacation.
    So what is the difference between these two?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •