This is a two-part question:

Part one: What's the difference between these two sentences below.

  • Where are you going for holiday.

  • Where are you going on holiday.

What exactly does 'On' and 'For' mean in the context above, and what is the difference in their implications? In addition, if I want to use the preposition 'for' do I have to put a pronoun/article after it for the construction to be grammatically correct? E.g. Where are you going for YOUR holiday?/ I went to Italy for A holiday.

Part two: Is the sentence 'Tell me a good place for holiday' correct? Is so, why isn't it as common as 'Tell me a good place to go on holiday'? If it isn't correct, can I change it to 'Tell me a good place for A holiday' or 'Tell me a good place for holidaying'?

Many thanks in advance.


1 Answer 1


Where're you going for your holiday(s)?

Where're you going on vacation/holiday?

You normally use the preposition "on", but the use of the "for" isn't ungrammatical.

As for the sentence "Tell me a good place to go on holiday", there's nothing with it grammatically.

  • Thanks for your answer. What does 'ON' actually mean in 'go on holiday'. For example there are two way of interpreting ' Where to - GO ON HOLIDAY' (meaning taking a holiday) or ' Where to go - ON HOLIDAY' (meaning at the time of holiday or when holiday comes around). Basically, where do I place the emphasis? (- indicating pause)
    Feb 2, 2017 at 23:08

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