The textbook "Oxford Practice Grammar" by John Eastwood has this example in Unit 15, Exercise 2:
Have you ever played beach volleyball?
Yes, we played it on holiday.
a) The holiday is still going on.
b) The holiday is over.
You need to choose a) or b), and this exercise helps you to learn the difference between Past Simple and Past Perfect. It's clear that b) is correct - the holiday is over, hence the use of Past Simple in the response.
However, shouldn't the response be "Yes, we played it on a holiday"?
The way I understand it, "on holiday" generally refers to time spent away from work, rather than a specific instance of vacationing ("on a holiday"). And I've been taught that Past Simple is naturally used (among other cases) when talking about a specific moment in the past.
The answers a) and b) also refer to a specific holiday ("the holiday").
Here are my questions:
- Is it correct to say "Yes, we played it on holiday"?
- Would it be better to say "Yes, we played it on/during a holiday"?