My friend told me that he had 5 weeks off from work. And I said "5 weeks in one go?" which I meant to ask that if it was without any break. How would a native say that? Is it ok to say "in one go" in this context or what could be the alternatives ?


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    I would say either "a five-week vacation" to mean five consecutive weeks, or "five weeks of vacation" to indicate a total, without identifying whether they were consecutive or not. – Davo Aug 31 '17 at 14:31
  • Actually I'm curious about if the usage of "one go" is correct – Melih Aug 31 '17 at 15:18
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    Yes, five weeks at one go is correct. – Lambie Aug 31 '17 at 16:31
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    I'm fine with 5 weeks in one go?, but I might also say 5 weeks [all] at once? sometimes. – FumbleFingers Aug 31 '17 at 17:51

Sure, you can say "in one go," as you did above, asking if he has taken all five weeks off at once.

Here's a definition of the set phrase:


The definition says it is "chiefly British," which is true. But I think most Americans know the phrase, too.

I'm trying to think of other similar phrases:

Five weeks in one go?

All five weeks at once?

Just realize "in one go" is less formal, but people will understand what you mean. Plus, it's more fun to say.

As @Davo suggested, a "five-week vacation" is another clear way to say what you mean.

  • I added a link to a definition for the set phrase "in one go." – Ringo Aug 31 '17 at 16:48

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