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You know there are some breaks when students don't go to school for a while like Thanksgiving break, summer break, spring break, winter break, etc.

My questions are

  1. what preposition is used before these breaks. What is the right collocation?

We had fun at/on/in summer break.

  1. Do all breaks take the same preposition? I'm not sure if e.g. Thanksgiving break needs specifically 'on' or not.

Thanks

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Students say on break to convey that they are not attending school for a period of time:

I am currently on Christmas break.

When talking about the future and what someone is going to do on a school break, we often use for:

I am going to Florida for Christmas break. What about you, David?

To talk about a break from school in the past, we often use "over":

So, James, what did you do over Christmas break?

In addition, during can be used for the last two cases:

I am going to Florida during Christmas break. What about you, David?

So, James, what did you do during Christmas break?

Although it is not a preposition in this case, note that you can use off in a number of cases:

I have this week off for Christmas break. (Talking about the present)

I have next week off for Christmas break. (Talking about the future)

I had last week off for Christmas break. (Talking about the past)

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    Your answer isn't incorrect, but I think at can be used, too, especially if it's generally understood that the students have traveled somewhere. – J.R. Feb 28 '16 at 0:19

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