Grammar Patterns

in N

The 'conditions' group

These nouns refer to the situation that someone or something is in.
In these conditions the fish breed well and grow well and are active all year.
The U2 plane has been virtually in mothballs since the end of the cold war.
But yesterday he insisted he is still in the running.
  • in ambush
  • in care*
  • in circulation*
  • in contention*
  • in limbo*
  • in mothballs*
  • in opposition
  • in receivership*
  • in recess*
  • in reserve
  • in residence
  • in service*
  • in solitude
  • in stock
  • in storage*
  • in transit
  • in trust
  • in the circumstances
  • in the doldrums
  • in the running (for ...)
  • in this case
  • in these conditions
  • in this position*
  • in this situation*
  • in a/no position to ...
  • in my element
  • The nouns marked with an asterisk (*) also have the pattern into N.
    When Kim was 11 her parents split up and she was taken into care.

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