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    I need help

    What is the correct one:
    -on holidays
    -in holidays
    Can we say"in the holidays" and "on holidays"?

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    Re: I need help

    "On holiday" is strictly a British English term. In American English, we say "on vacation."

    In AmE, if we're referring to a specific holiday (such as Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July), we'd say "during the holiday," "for the holiday" or "over the holiday." Examples:

    I got most of my Christmas shopping done over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

    We'll be at our beach cottage over the holiday this Fourth of July.

    Memorial Day is coming up - what are your plans for the holiday?

    Note that in AmE "holiday" always refers to a specific day (or days) that celebrate an event, whether it be Veteran's Day, July 4th, Christmas, or whatever. We do NOT refer to a general time off from work or school as "holiday;" we call that a "vacation."

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    Re: I need help

    I think when the "holiday" is noun, we use "on holiday";
    He's been on holiday for the last two weeks.

    When the "holiday" is accompanied by another word (compound noun), sometimes "in" should be used.
    We see a rise in holiday costs.

    I think here, "in" refers to costs not holiday.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    "On holiday" is strictly a British English term. In American English, we say "on vacation."
    Um, do you mean a strictly non-American term?
    Australians say "on holidays".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    "On holiday" is strictly a British English term. In American English, we say "on vacation."
    I live about as far from Britain as it possible to get, have never been there, and in my country the phrase is "on holiday", not "on vacation". Last time I looked, there were more than just two variants of English.

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    Re: I need help

    Quote Originally Posted by sana22 View Post
    What is the correct one:
    -on holidays
    -in holidays
    Can we say"in the holidays" and "on holidays"?

    (not a professional teacher) In many non-US variants of English, "in the holidays" would be completely natural. In English as spoken in New Zealand, "on holidays" would sound just a little unusual, since we normally say "on holiday". For example, "Where's your boss? He's on holiday." "When we go on holiday, we like to visit museums which have large collections of navel lint."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sana22 View Post
    What is the correct one:
    -on holidays
    -in holidays
    Can we say"in the holidays" and "on holidays"?
    It depends on the rest of the sentence, sana.

    Ex: Finding meaning in holidays.
    <looking for the meaning of holidays>

    Ex: Finding meaning on holidays.
    <looking for the meaning (of holidays) while on holiday>

    Ex: I am on holidays.
    Ex: I am in holidays. <at least in North American English>
    Ex: Where are you going on holiday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post

    Ex: I am on holidays.

    I don't know where the cool red X icon is, but the above sentence would get one here in NZ. We could say "I'm on holiday" or "I'm on my holidays", but " I am on holiday" would be one of those "absolutely conclusive" proofs that the speaker was "non-native", at least in reference to the Shaky Isles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    I don't know where the cool red X icon is
    Type in the colon-sign, then the word cross, then the colon-sign.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz
    We could say "I'm on holiday" or "I'm on my holidays", but " I am on holiday" would be one of those "absolutely conclusive" proofs that the speaker was "non-native", at least in reference to the Shaky Isles.
    Really? Non-contracted I am on holiday is ungrammatical in NZ English? What about formal writing? And is it the same for all persons and numbers?

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    Re: I need help

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Type in the colon-sign, then the word cross, then the colon-sign.

    Really? Non-contracted I am on holiday is ungrammatical in NZ English? What about formal writing? And is it the same for all persons and numbers?


    Sorry, that was a typo. It should have been "I am on holidays" as in the phrase I quoted from your earlier post:

    Ex: I am on holidays.
    (e.a.) Here, that would definitely be

    I am on holiday.
    Ex: I am on holidays.

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