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    Default How to use these phrases

    Dear UE's teachers !

    Today I meet an uncomprehensible question when i do my English multiple-choices exercises.

    And here is it:

    Just in case our primary plan fails to succeed, I suggest we have an alternative plan_____
    a/ at place
    b/ in place
    c/ on place
    d/ by place


    The answer is B: In place. I don't understand what it means and about the other answers.

    Can i have more than 1 question? :) Does it (In place) mean the same as "In / Under (any) circumstances".

    I'm very grateful for our help!

    P/s: Sorry for my bad English!

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    Default Re: How to use these phrases

    It means that the alternative plan should be ready and that the people are in a position to implement it if they need to.

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    In place = ready, organised, prepared.

    Tomorrow is my father's 50th birthday and everything is in place for the big party.
    In case of emergencies, there is a contingency plan in place.
    The bank robbers said that everything was in place for the heist.

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