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Hope you had a great holiday vs Hope you have had a great holiday

Both sentences are correct; "Hope you have had a great holiday" uses the present perfect tense of the verb "have," while "Hope you had a great holiday" uses the past tense of the verb.

Note that while "holiday" is often used interchangeably with "vacation", it can also refer specifically to a day or period of celebration or festivity.
This is a nice thing to say when seeing someone after a holiday.


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Some examples from the web:

  • I hope you had a great summer.
  • Lisa said you had a great fight.
  • I hope you had a great day!
  • Thanks for the chocolate! I hope you enjoyed the pancakes, and I hope you had a great day as well.
  • You had a great life in New York.
  • You had a great thing going on there.
  • That you had a great interview.
  • 'Cause you had a great deal with that house.
While you could use this present-perfect phrase at the end of a holiday, you would use the past tense if the holiday had already ended.

Explanation provided by a TextRanch English expert.


Some examples from the web:

  • Feb 20, 2015 ... Happy New Year! We hope you have had a great holiday season. As you are probably aware, we are in for some frigid weather later this week.
  • Sep 7, 2015 ... Hope you have had a great holiday weekend, stay safe. Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice Deaton J
  • Lyn Charters Harbor Beach ...
  • Year6AMRA @Y6AMRA Sep 2. Welcome to the Y6 Twitter page. We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow. Hope you have had a great holiday. Miss M ...
  • We hope you have had a great holiday and we look forward to welcoming all our existing students and some new ones back to school on Monday for Term 4.

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