Holiday, Holidays, Vacation, Leave, Day off – The difference.


Here are some pictures of my holiday in Italy,
or is it my holidays? or is it my vacation? Confusing isn’ it? Today we explain the difference
between “holiday”, “holidays”, “vacation” and we’ll also look at “leave” and “day of”. Ok so let’s get straight into it there is
a difference between British and American English and I’ll return to that in a minute
but from a British perspective a holiday can be a single day such as a public holiday usually
called a bank holiday in the UK but a holiday can also refer to a longer period when you
take time off from work or study. For example, “I’m exhausted so I’ve decided to take a holiday
next week”. However, “holidays” with an “s” refer to the big holiday that you take once
a year. For example We’re going to Majorca for our holidays this year. Remember “holidays”
is a plural noun so it goes with a plural verb. For example “our holidays in Switzerland
were amazing”. Sometimes you use the preposition “on” to say “on holiday” but never “on holidays”
that’s not correct. “I was on holiday last month”. Just in the singular. Now, in American English they also use the
word “holiday” when they talk about a public holiday (what we call a bank holiday in the
UK). Labor Day is a holiday, Thanksgiving is a holiday. So when we say “tomorrow is
a holiday”, it has the same meaning in the US and the UK. But while in Britain we use
the same word “holiday” (or holidays) to talk about these longer periods that you decide
take off In American English it’s called a vacation. So Americans will say “I’m on vacation
for two weeks” The British will say “I’m on holiday for two weeks.” It’s that simple. Then we have the word “leave”: This is a more
formal term to talk about the permission you have to be absent from your work. Paid holiday
from your work is called “annual leave”. At work you might here someone say “Mr Smith
is on leave this week” for example. This type of paid leave can be called informally “a
day” or “days off”. For example “I’m taking a day off tomorrow to go for a drive”. There
are other types of leave too. Maternity leave, for a mother with a new baby or paternity
leave for the father and sick leave if you can’t go to work because you’re sick. Ok that’s it I hope you found that useful
More English language videos coming soon.

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