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I'm considering going to France over the christmas holidays.

I'm considering going to France during the christmas holidays.

Or

I went to my friend's place over the weekend.

I went to my friend's place during the weekend.

What's the difference between the first two and the second two sentences? Are over and during interchangeable in some scenarios?

  • They are fairly similar. Possibly "over" will carry the sense of "for the whole holiday", while "during" might cover just a part of it, but it's something you'd have to clarify. – ralph.m Dec 11 '18 at 7:37
  • A look at ngrams suggests 'during' has always been much more common in both British and English. 'Over' has always been more common in American than British, but in recent decades, its use has begun rising in both. – Ross Murray Dec 11 '18 at 8:38
  • @ralph.m So you'd derive the pretty much same meaning from either sentence? – Soumya Ghosh Dec 11 '18 at 21:22
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There isn't so much difference, but...

I'm considering going to France during the Christmas holidays.

The time of the action (going to) is unknown (since it hasn't happened yet). Also the period of time being in France is unknown. So I would use during.

I went to my friend's place over the weekend.

The period of time is defined because it already happened. Also, this presumes you stayed there for the entire weekend. So I would use over.

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