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Hello, everyone!

I'm Kumiko, teaching English in junior high school in Osaka.

I have a question.

When you say "Did you go anywhere during the vacation?",

can you use "in the vacation" "in vacation" "during vacation" instead?
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You have two problems, one you are confronting and one you are not.

During the vacation = a specified vacation
During vacation = an unspecified vacation

You can replace 'during' with 'on' but not 'in'.
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Thank you very much for your quick reply.

Now I understand!Emotion: smile
You're welcome, Kumiko-- and welcome to English Forums. What grade are you teaching? Is this their first year of English?
Thank you, Mister Micawber!

This forum is great!

I'm teaching 1st graders. Yes, it's their first year.

Prepositions and articles are always problems both for them and me.

Thanks for your help and please help me again!
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