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Confusing Words > vacancy - vacation / holiday
Does "bored" mean the same as "boring"? What's the difference between "funny" and "fun"? Here are some commonly confused English word pairs.

vacation (US) = a holiday, especially when you are travelling away from home for pleasure

holiday is a general word in BrE and vacation in the general word in AmE

Note: we often use the plural holidays to refer to long periods off work or school.


We’re on vacation / holiday.

Alastair is taking a vacation in June.

Most children enjoy their summer holidays.

They went to France on vacation.


vacancy = a job that no one is doing and is therefore available for someone new to do; a space or place which is available to be used


There is a vacancy for a shop assistant on Saturdays.

William needs a holiday job. I wonder if the hotel has a vacancy / any vacancies.

Lauren wanted to book a hotel room in July but there were no vacancies.

I am sorry to hear that I am no longer being considered for the vacancy.

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