Quick answer
"Vacations" is a form of "vacation", a noun which is often translated as "las vacaciones". "On vacation" is a phrase which is often translated as "de vacaciones". Learn more about the difference between "on vacation" and "vacations" below.
on vacation(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. de vacaciones
I bought this scarf while I was on vacation en Milan.Compré esta bufanda mientras estaba de vacaciones en Milán.
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vacation(
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key
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shihn
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (time away)
a. las vacaciones
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(from work or school)
I am going to travel to Mexico during summer vacation.Voy a viajar a México durante las vacaciones de verano.
2. (break)
a. el respiro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I need a vacation from my family after the reunion.Necesito un respiro de mi familia después de la reunión.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to spend time away)
a. ir de vacaciones
I usually vacation in December.Normalmente, voy de vacaciones en diciembre.
b. tomarse unas vacaciones
Next year I am going to vacation in Europe.El año que viene voy a tomarme unas vacaciones en Europa.
c. estar de vacaciones
We're vacationing in Florida right now.Estamos de vacaciones en la Florida ahora mismo.
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