• Priyanka Gulati



holiday (singular noun)


UK /ˈhɒl.ə.deɪ/

US /ˈhɑː.lə.deɪ/

holidays (plural noun)


The plural of holiday is holidays which ends in /z/ sound.

Grammar Focus

Holiday as a singular noun commonly refers to a specific day or event:

It’s a public holiday on Tuesday.

We use the noun holidays and holiday in similar ways:

We are going to Shimla for our holidays this year.
We are going to Shimla for our holiday this year.

We often use on with holiday:

I met Shine when I was on holiday last year.
Don't say: ...when I was in holiday … or … when I was at holiday … or … when I was on holidays

We also say go to a place for a holiday/ for my holidays:

We are going to Shimla for a holiday.
We are going to Shimla for our holidays. We say my/her/your etc holidays.
Don't say: ... for holiday … or … for holidays

We say the holidays:

Soon it will be the holidays.


In everyday English, when we are temporarily away from our work or studies, we often say we are off rather than on holiday.

"Where is Mayank?" "He is off this week."



go on holiday

I'm going on holiday.

have/take a holiday

I can't afford to take a holiday.

cancel a holiday

I have to cancel my holiday.

cut short a holiday

I had to cut short my holiday because I was ill.

need a holiday

I am working too hard. I need a holiday.



enjoyable, exciting, fun-filled, good, lovely, wonderful, interesting, fabulous, relaxing, active, awesome, amazing, breathtaking, terrific, stunning


disastrous, monotonous, boring, terrible, horrible


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