plan collocations

plan collocations


make plan

It’s important that you all look ahead and make plans for the future.

change plan

We had to change our holiday plans at the last minute, when my mother was taken into hospital.

scrap plan

The school was forced to scrap. Its plans for a new library due to a lack of financial support.

wreck plan

I’m afraid the picnic had to be cancelled. The bad weather wrecked all our plans.

approve plan

The committee unanimously approved the plan. Not one person opposed it. Everybody supported it.

announce plan

Yesterday the government announced plans to create thousands of new jobs.

go ahead with, get plan

If I go ahead with my plan to open a restaurant, can I count on your support? I’ll need good advice and some financial backing to get my plans off the ground.

detailed plan

Although detailed plans were drawn up for a new housing development, it didn’t get planning permission.

crazy plan

What a crazy plan! It’ll never work. Who on earth thought this one up?

contingency plan

Managers have drawn up a contingency plan to keep the factory running if there is a power failure.

original plan

We looked at a number of different plans for a bridge over the river, but after much discussion we decided to stick with the original plan of building a tunnel under it.

future plan

The interviewer asked me what my future plans were. I could only tell him that they were dependent on getting this job!

audacious plan

The prisoners put together an audacious plan to escape from prison using a helicopter.

change of plan

There’s been a change of plan. We’re leaving next week instead of this week.

opposition to the plan

We expect to come up against a lot of opposition to the plan. A number of people have voiced their objections to it already.

success of plane

Remember that the success or failure of the plan depends on you.

details of plan

Everybody wants to know how the government is going to pay for its ambitious proposals, but the PM wouldn’t give away any details of their plan.

favour of the plan

The government pledged its support for the plan to build a new runway at Gatwick airport. However, none of the local residents are in favour of the plan.

beauty of plan

The beauty of this plan, what makes it so good, is that it won’t cost the members of the club a penny!



  • In ‘The school was forced to scrap. Its plans for a new library due to a lack of financial support.’, ‘cancel’ and ‘drop’ are also possible.

In ‘I’m afraid the picnic had to be cancelled. The bad weather wrecked all our plans.’, ‘spoiled’ and ‘scuppered’ are also possible.

  • Note these ways of expressing opposition to a plan:

We remain strongly opposed to these new plans.

Parents are fiercely opposed to the plan to close the local primary school.

I am totally opposed to the plan to legalize the use of cannabis for personal use.

We are all fundamentally opposed to this plan to change the voting system.

The workers are bitterly opposed to the plan to increase the length of the working day.

  • Note these expressions:

 There was an airline strike, so all our plans fell through at the last minute.

I don’t have any plans for the weekend.

Your best plan would be to take the train.

If everything goes according to plan, we should arrive around midday.

It soon became obvious that plan ! wasn’t going to work, so we had to resort to plan B.

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