WOTW: plan

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triplo word of the week - plan


今週の #WOTW は 'plan’ です。’Plan’ is noun and a verb. It is also used in some interesting phrases. If you have no other plans, maybe you could give this a read? Let’s start with the noun.


- It is essential that you write a business plan before you start a company. (A detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.)

- How many peace plans have been drafted for the Middle East before? (See above.)

- Do you put much into your pension plan? (A scheme for the regular payment of contributions towards a pension, savings account, or insurance policy.)

- Have you got any plans this weekend? (An intention or decision about what one is going to do.)

- Barcelona’s street plan is one of the most recognisable ones. (A detailed map or diagram.)

- This house’s plan doesn’t show where the plugs go. (A drawing or diagram made by projection on a horizontal plane, especially one showing the layout of a building or one floor of a building.)

- With 500 guests to our wedding, we definitely need to make a seating plan. (A diagram showing how something will be arranged.)


We are having a look at the verb now.


- A lot of the fun is also in planning one’s holidays. (Decide on and make arrangements for in advance.)

- This developer lets owners plan their own flats. (Design or make a plan of something to be made or built.)


The phrases come next.


- [go according to plan] Everything went according to plan, so you may very well be satisfied. (Happen as one arranged or intended.)

- [the best-laid plans of mice and men] She spent hours planning the party but nobody came. The best laid plans of mice and men, I guess. (This is a proverb. It is used to suggest that even the most careful planning doesn't necessarily ensure success.)

- [make a plan] If the supermarket is closed, we’ll make a plan. (This is South African English. It means to devise a way of overcoming difficulties.)

- [one's best plan] She wants to open a cafeteria, but after going to law school for all those years, her best plan would be a job in a law firm, don’t you think? (The most sensible course of action.)

- [sounds like a plan]
A: We could wait to see what happens, and if nothing happens, then meet again.
B: Sounds like a plan.
(This is informal. It expresses agreement with a proposal.)

- [plan of action] Let’s make a plan of action, and if we don’t achieve at least half of it by the end of the year, then maybe we will have to think about changing our business model. (An organized programme of measures to be taken in order to achieve a goal.)