LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||03/MAR/2009 11:53 AM|
Are you traveling on business or for pleasure?
Well, I am traveling on vacation.
Well, I am on vacation.
"Ferias" as a unit of time (a week, 16 days, a month), is singular: vacation. Passei as ferias no Rio. = I spent my vacation in Rio. It becomes plural if you talk about multiple units such as "As a child, I often spent my vacations on the coast" or "I had two vacations this year: July in Greece and two weeks in November in Africa."
In the USA, a "holiday" is not a vacation but a special day such as Presidents' Day, Independence Day, Christmas, etc. Americans do not go on holiday, but Brits do. We don't spend our holidays in the country, but we do spend our vacatioin/vacations in the country. On the other hand, we can spend "the holidays" in Texas. In other words, we can spend special days such as Christmas and New Year's Day in Texas. (It would be understood that we were also there on the days between those two holidays and possibly a few days before or after.) Other than the time around Christmas and New Year's, I can't think of another time of year when "the holidays" can be used in this fashion.
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