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

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


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, 2018 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. Dec 11, 2018 at 8:38
  • @ralph.m So you'd derive the pretty much same meaning from either sentence? Dec 11, 2018 at 21:22
  • over and during do not mean the same thing. For pete's sake.
    – Lambie
    Aug 3, 2020 at 21:26

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during the weekend or holiday, means at some point during those times.

I went to France during the week for two days, not over the weekend.

It does not necessarily mean the whole time (weekend or holidays).

That's why we would say:

  • I went to France for the weekend. or over
  • I went to France for the holidays. or over

to mean the entire weekend or the entire holidays.

for and over would have the same meaning in those two cases. Not during.

  • Please disregad the downvote.
    – Lambie
    May 26, 2022 at 20:09

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