free time, leisure time or spare time?


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someone please help! are three these words "free time", "leisure time" and "spare time" used equalise in everyday English? Or have some diffirence between them?
  • grubble

    Senior Member
    British English
    In my opinion as an English person "leisure time" sounds American.

    I see "free time" and "spare time" as slightly different.


    "What do you do in your spare time?"
    "I go swimming"

    "Do you have any free time on Monday?"
    "I would like to talk to you about something."


    Senior Member
    American English
    In grubble's first example, "free time" and "spare time" are the same for me. In his second example, "free time" would normally be used, but that's because it's [free][time] rather than [free time]; that is, "free" is an independent adjective and not part of the set collocation "free time."
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