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    going to be in

    At that time, I really wondered what the IS 101 course at my university stood for. I didn’t know what I was going to be in and what was expected of me.

    Are the words in bold correctly used?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: going to be in

    I think you mean “I didn’t know what I was going to be in for” – you didn’t know what to expect.

    I would also change “stood for” because to me it sounds strange to say a course “stands for” something. I might say:

    I really wondered what the IS 101 course at my university would be like.

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    Re: going to be in

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    I think you mean “I didn’t know what I was going to be in for” – you didn’t know what to expect.
    I wondered whether that might be the case. It's also possible, though less likely, that Tam means, 'I didn't know what class/group/set/etc I was going to be in'.

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    Re: going to be in

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    I think you mean “I didn’t know what I was going to be in for” – you didn’t know what to expect.

    I would also change “stood for” because to me it sounds strange to say a course “stands for” something. I might say:

    I really wondered what the IS 101 course at my university would be like.
    - but it means a bit more than just 'what to expect'; it's 'what sort of treatment/experience/punishment/weather... to expect'. The 'punishment' option has been enshrined in an idiom: 'to be for it', as in 'They'd better not find out, or else we'll be really for it.' The 'for' here is always stressed - /'fɔrɪt/

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    Re: going to be in

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The 'punishment' option has been enshrined in an idiom: 'to be for it', as in 'They'd better not find out, or else we'll be really for it.' The 'for' here is always stressed - /'fɔrɪt/

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    Agreed BobK, "what to expect" does not fully capture it and your explanation is good.

    But did you accidentally omit "in" above? Did you mean "to be in for it" and "really in for it"?

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    Re: going to be in

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    Agreed BobK, "what to expect" does not fully capture it and your explanation is good.

    But did you accidentally omit "in" above? Did you mean "to be in for it" and "really in for it"?
    He didn't. The BrE idiom exists with and without in.

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