Improve Your English – Lesson 11: HOLIDAY and VACATION

The words holiday and vacation are frequently used incorrectly. Holiday refers to a day designated by the government to celebrate or commemorate a special event, such as Christmas or Chinese New Year.

Vacation refers to time off from work that employees earn and are usually from one week to one month in duration. Days off refer to the days that employees do not work during the week. Days off are usually on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Don’t say: My holiday is next month.
  • Do say: My vacation is next month.
  • Don’t say: My holiday is Saturday and Sunday.
  • Do say: My days off are Saturday and Sunday.

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