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2005.07.04(Review of 2000.08.14 edition)

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HOLIDAY vs. WEEKEND   祝日、休日 vs. 週末


  • In the U.S., we use the word holiday when talking about days - such as Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July - when most businesses and government offices close.

    We usually do NOT use holiday to talk about Saturday and Sunday. They are the weekend.
  • アメリカでは holiday はクリスマスや元旦、感謝祭、7月4日の独立記念日などの休日のことをさします。ほとんどの会社や公的機関は休みになります。

    土日の休みには holiday は普通使いません。weekend(週末)を使います。


  1. (while walking out the door)
    a: I'm going to the post office, now. Bye!
    b: Wait a minute. The post office isn't open today. It's a holiday.
  2. a: How did you spend the holiday?
    b: We had Thanksgiving dinner at my mother's home.
  3. I had a great weekend! I played rugby all day Saturday and read a wonderful book on Sunday.