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    #1

    I spent christmas with my family

    Hi,

    Can I say

    1) I spent Christmas with my family

    2) I stayed with my family for Christmas

    If both are ok, is there a difference?

    Thanks Rip


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    Re: I spent christmas with my family

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi,

    Can I say

    1) I spent Christmas with my family

    2) I stayed with my family for Christmas

    If both are ok, is there a difference?

    Thanks Rip
    correct, no difference

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    #3

    Re: I spent christmas with my family

    Dear Ripley:

    I agree with svartnik that you can use both sentences to express your meaning.
    In addition:
    To my ear, I stayed with my family for Christmas, implies that you lived under the same roof with them at Christmastime, at least for one night and possibly longer.
    I spent Christmas with my family can mean the same thing, and it could mean I was with my family on Christmas day.
    In other words, to stay with implies sleeping under the same roof, (I stayed with them at a hotel).
    To spend (time, Christmas, etc.) with could mean just being with someone for a period of time (While I was home on summer vacation, I spent time with old friends.)

    Best wishes,

    Petra


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