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How can say to someone that I cannot take a vacation on a specific month? I came up with some phrases but I'm not sure if any of them are grammatically correct.

  • I don't have a vacation in July

  • I can't take a vacation in July

  • I don't have a holliday in July

Also, am I allowed to use vacation instead of holliday? I've been told that this is common in the UK but I'd like to confirm that.

  • American or British English? – Laurel Nov 15 '17 at 20:09
  • @Laurel, american or both if possible – Trey Nov 15 '17 at 20:11
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    In Canada, we use both holiday and vacation, and I would say "I don't have any holiday (or vacation) time in July", if I'm out of time to take, or "I can't take a holiday (or vacation) in July", if my employer simply won't permit it even though I have time available. "I don't have a holiday (or vacation) in July" means, to me, that I simply don't have one scheduled then. – Jim MacKenzie Nov 15 '17 at 20:31
  • Unless there is an unusual local spelling that I am not aware of, I think 'Holliday' is a name. It is 'holiday' that means time off work. – user63615 Nov 18 '17 at 0:16
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"Vacation time" can be thought of as a bulk quantity like sugar. So I would say in my idiomatic American English, "I can't take vacation in July."

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