Ferien is mainly used for school holidays, whereas Urlaub is mainly used for the holidays of workers.
DMX, you asked a very good question... no answers.
What's the difference between Ferien and Urlaub! (Any German speaker, please! )
"The" should not be required here. No native speaker would say "the vacations"...
Because the sentence says "sind" which means are, and "The holiday are too short." doesn't make sense.
the holiday are too short is wrong we must say the holidayS are too short OK?
No, that's not correct. We are going on holiday.
The holiday was too short.
We do not say we are going on holidays!!!!
We are on holiday. This holiday is too short. But you can say this holiday's too short.
"The holiday is too short" is incorrect because "sind" is plural. The only correct meaning of the sentence is a plural meaning.
"The holiday are too short" is incorrect grammatically, so "Die Ferien" must be translated as "The holidays" in this sentence.
I guess this means holiday as in to a different country, not time off from something like a break.
I would not accept that as a correct English translation. We speak of the passage of time as "short" or "long", not "small" or "large".
So can this be used to say that the break (from school, work etc.) is too short and/or the vacation is too short? Here in Ireland a holiday means both things.