I'm substituting for her while she's on holiday.

I'm substituting for her while she's on a holiday.

Are these sentences both correct? Are there any differences?

To me, both are the exactly the same....

I would like to know the difference of "on holiday" vs "on a holiday". If you add "a" in front of "holiday", does it make any difference?

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    In case this doesn't get reopened: There is little if any difference. "On holiday" is a more British expression. Americans would say "on vacation". "On a holiday" might be used if you then describe some details about the "holiday".
    – Andrew
    Sep 22 '17 at 17:43

A holiday is a day on which work is suspended by law or custom:

It's a good thing that we have a holiday today because everyone has a hangover.

You may have to the work for someone who's either on holiday (enjoying leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure) or has a day off.

On a holiday no one works, as a rule.

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