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Ginger R. Montgomery

AmEng vernacular “downtime” vs. “time off” vs. “free time” vs. “spare time”

How do those terms differ from each other? downtime

North American A time of reduced activity or inactivity: everyone needs downtime to unwind ODO
spare time
Noun time available for hobbies and other activities that you enjoy: free time
time off - a time period when you are not required to work; he requested time off to attend his grandmother's funeral
time that is free from duties or responsibilities: free time
leisure, leisure time - time available for ease and relaxation; his job left him little leisure WordNet by Fatlex
Please, compare:
Everyone needs downtime to unwind. Everyone needs time off to unwind. Everyone needs free time to unwind. Everyone needs spare time to unwind.
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Annette and her husband use their free time to attend Chicago Bears games, play with their puppy, and spend time with their new granddaughter Annabelle. Annette and her husband use their spare time to attend Chicago Bears games, [...] Annette and her husband use their time off to attend Chicago Bears games, [...] Annette and her husband use their downtime to attend Chicago Bears games, [...]

1 answers answer to the question AmEng vernacular “downtime” vs. “time off” vs. “free time” vs. “spare time”

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KinkyMatrox updated 18 August
Downtime -- a time or period when nothing really happesn time off -- a break that was called for by someone “ free time and spare time are pretty much the same and self-explanatory. Also, in the examples you provided, I feel that "Everyone needs time to unwind" is the only correct one. Others seem bloated and pointless in comparison.
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