The original sentence : The Olympic Winter Games 2018 will be held for 17 days from 9 to 25 February 2018.

I would like to ask for neat options other than be held there. I am considering take place, happen, occur as alternatives, but I am not sure which of these are appropriate and what the differences are.

Thank you for your help greatly.


All your suggested options are grammatical and essentially mean the same thing. My ear suggests, however, that "happen" and "occur" are not quite idiomatic, at least not in US English. What you are discussing is a planned event, and "happen" and "occur" may apply to unplanned events. Indeed, "happen" generally applies to unplanned events.

Some other alternatives that you might consider are are scheduled for and are planned for.

  • Thank you for the clear answer very much. Now I've got the differences regarding being planned and not planned thanks to your answer. May I ask you what difference lies between the two alternatives of be held and take place? – Smart Humanism Mar 3 '18 at 4:57
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    "Be held" and "take place" are synonyms. – Jeff Morrow Mar 3 '18 at 10:37
  • Thank you but I would like to know if there is any slight difference in nuance between the two. – Smart Humanism Mar 5 '18 at 8:02
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    No. There is no nuance involved. – Jeff Morrow Mar 5 '18 at 13:44
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    @Smart I have not found a reference that indicates any difference in meaning. Moreover, my experience is that the two expressions are used interchangeably. If you have a citation that indicates otherwise, I shall be glad to review it. – Jeff Morrow Mar 6 '18 at 0:02

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