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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 ?

Thanks

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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, 2017 at 14:31
  • Actually I'm curious about if the usage of "one go" is correct
    – Melih
    Aug 31, 2017 at 15:18
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    Yes, five weeks at one go is correct.
    – Lambie
    Aug 31, 2017 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. Aug 31, 2017 at 17:51

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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:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in/at%20one%20go

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.

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  • I added a link to a definition for the set phrase "in one go."
    – Ringo
    Aug 31, 2017 at 16:48

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