On or In Vacation

Have you spent your free time well? But how can you refer to it? Is it 'on' or 'in vacation'? Find out in this lesson!

"On" or "In Vacation" in the English grammar

Which One Should Be Used?

'On vacation' is commonly used as it is the correct form. 'In vacation' is incorrect and its usage must be avoided.

On Vacation

The phrase 'on vacation' means that someone is taking a break from their work or daily routine and is away from their home for a period of time for leisure, travel, or relaxation. For example:

I tried scuba diving while I was on vacation.

I would go on vacation when I have time.

In Vacation

Using the preposition 'in' with 'vacation' is not a common or correct usage in English. The preposition 'in' is used to indicate that something is located inside a particular place, or within a specific period of time. Nevertheless, 'vacation' is not a physical location or a period of time that can be contained within something else. Instead, it refers to a state of being away from work or daily routine for a period of time for leisure, travel, or relaxation.
However, you can use 'in' together with other related words, such as 'in the middle of a vacation' or 'in the midst of a vacation'. In these cases, 'in' is used to indicate being in the middle or midst of a vacation period. Take a look at the examples:

I tried scuba diving while I was in vacation.

I would go in vacation when I have time.

We're in the middle of a vacation in Europe, and we're having a great time.

During

You can also use 'during' to talk about time spent on vacation instead of 'on vacation'. When we use 'during', we refer to an event that occurred while the vacation was ongoing and before it finished. Have a look:

What did you do during the vacation?

What did you do on vacation?

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