i have a question to the native english-speakers : do you say MY HOLIDAYS ARE IN ... OR MY HOLIDAYS IS .... ?` i speak english since I am 16 ( i am 77 now) and I always said "my holidays are...) now DUOLINGO says it is wrong. who is right ? my mother-tongue is french. Thks for the answer,
Contributing from this side of the ocean, usually we'd say "I'm taking a vacation in July," or "I have vacation time coming in July," where "time" is a reference to the limited allotment given to workers (i.e. using the second phrase implies you have a job). Shortened, informal versions like "I've got vacation in July" would also be easily understood but are not technically grammatically correct. The person whose comment I'm replying to is right, holiday refers to specific calendar days like Christmas for us rather than time off.
I can't attest to the accuracy of "holidays" since I'm not super familiar with non-US English. But, just because something is plural in one language doesn't mean it's going to be plural in the other, or... vice versa. Quickest example I can think of - "Relation(ship)", tends to be singular in English, but in Russian it is almost always plural (отношения). There are situations in English where it is plural and situations in Russian where it is singular, but that is the minority of time.