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Word Wangling is a collection of fun word games to help you look for patterns, shapes and relationships between letters and words.

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Hello.
1- Both of my parents are at home today. It’s a holiday.
2- Neither of my parents are at home today. It’s a holiday.
I think (1) is correct but some colleagues argue that (2) is also correct as "holiday" means "journey" or "travel".
What do you think?
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam
Both sentences are grammatically correct. Your colleagues are right in thinking that the word 'holiday' can refer to a period of time when you don't go to work, but it's a little unusual to say 'It's a holiday' to explain this. You can see examples of how the word is typically used in the Cambridge Dictionary (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/holiday) or the Longman Dictionary (https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/holiday).
I found 2 a little bit surprising because when we say 'It's a holiday', we're usually referring to the other meaning of 'holiday', i.e. to refer to a special day when schools, banks and most shops close rather than the time we have away from work to travel, for example.
That's not a very simple answer to your question, but I hope it helps you and your colleagues make sense of how to use the word 'holiday'!
Best wishes
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. I can't distinguish between "mixture" and "combination". Are they the same or there are differences? For example: Are the following sentences correct or I should use the other word or both?
1- For making pottery, workers make a (mixture, combination) of water, clay and a little dried grass.
2- The story is an interesting (mixture, combination) of fact and fiction.
3- Her house is furnished in a curious (mixture, combination) of new and old styles.
4- The two-day program includes a (mixture, combination) of subjects.
5- As I talked, he stared at me with a (mixture, combination) of surprise and horror.
6- A (mixture, combination) of tiredness and boredom caused me to fall asleep.
7- The (mixture, combination) of wind and rain causes many car accidents.
8- London is a multicultural city so you see a (mixture, combination) of cultures there.
Thank uou

Hello Ahmed Imam
This is a difficult question to answer because the situation or context can be important.
In many situations, they can both be used. In addition, a mixture can imply that a new substance is formed from the elements used to make it -- for this reason, for example, I prefer 'mixture' for 1.
A combination could also be a new substance or thing, but it could also just be the different parts put together but still remaining separate -- for example, I'd use 'combination' for 5.
But in many cases, this distinction is probably not really relevant and so it's more a question of collocations, i.e. words that tend to be used together.
I'd probably use 'combination' in 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7. I'd probably use 'mixture' in 1. In 8, I think both words work. In 4, I'd probably not use either, but something like 'variety' or 'range' instead.
All the best
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Ahmed Imam
I don't think 'combination' makes sense in 1, but other people might disagree with me. Please also note that I really don't know anything about that construction technique, so I could be wrong.
When I say 'probably' what I mean is that I would not choose the other word, but I wouldn't exactly call it wrong. I just think the word I specify is better.
All the best
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello Fabio,

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