I know we can "go on a holiday", and I think it is British. But does "Go a holiday" exist? If so, how is it used? Can it be used in all tenses?

I have come across the following sentence, though, I am not sure if it is just a typo, but regardless of that, can one say:

Have you ever gone a holiday that mixed business and pleasure?

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    That Google books example you found makes no sense to me. It seems garbled. Do you have a link so we can see it in context? – Dan Getz Jan 31 '15 at 16:24
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the question is prompted by an OCR error. The text "were delayed in Honolulu quite a while and then went" is part of an adjacent column, and shouldn't be here at all. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jan 31 '15 at 19:12
  • It's true that the Google book quote was an OCR error & thanks for spotting that, but the question in fact was never prompted by the error you mentioned. The prompt was from the first quote "I have come across the following sentence". And I looked up the phrase "go a holiday" in the present perfect form before checking with Google book and found some results but I cannot trust any. More on the next comment. – learner Feb 1 '15 at 0:08

There is no phrase "go a holiday" in standard English.

In British English one can go on holiday. In American English, one usually celebrates a holiday and goes on vacation.

Of course you can have a string go plus a holiday such as in

Wherever they go, a holiday follows.

This is grammatically correct and even a sentence someone might possibly say or write. But go a holiday is not a phrase in it.

  • +1 Thank you very much. I was afraid that "go on a holiday" wrong but it seems we can say "go on holiday" and "go on a holiday!" i.e. with and without "a" with the latter more common. – learner Jan 31 '15 at 18:09
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    Yes you can say the phrase with or without a. I repeat, however, that go on holiday is BrE. It is not AmE. And I also stress that the usual equivalent in American English is not go on a holiday but go on (a) vacation. – user6951 Jan 31 '15 at 19:43

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