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.

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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? Mar 3, 2018 at 4:57
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    "Be held" and "take place" are synonyms. Mar 3, 2018 at 10:37
  • Thank you but I would like to know if there is any slight difference in nuance between the two. Mar 5, 2018 at 8:02
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    No. There is no nuance involved. Mar 5, 2018 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. Mar 6, 2018 at 0:02

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