Usage of the word plan
I know that there are many meanings of the word, plan and I was wondering if the meaning of it in the sentence is intention or method or either one, depending on context?
"There are no plans to build new offices."
According to some dictionaries, in 'His plan is to go back to the USA', the meaning of it is intention and it is equal to 'to go back t0 the USA'.
In 'The government has announced plans to create one million new training places', the meaning of it is arrangement or method. and they are not equal to 'to creat one million...'
So I thought that the meaning of plan in the first example is arrangement or method, but my dictionary says it means intention, so I am so confused now. What do you experts think? Do we really have to distinguish one meaning from the other like this? Thank you so much as always.
As a noun, plan has three senses (according to the Oxford English Dictionary).
1) a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something: the UN peace plan
2) (usually plans) an intention or decision about what one is going to do: I have no plans to retire
3) a detailed diagram, drawing, or program, in particular. a fairly large-scale map of a town or district: a street plan
"There are no plans to build new offices." -- sense #2, an intention or decision.
"His plan is to go back to the USA." -- sense #2, an intention or decision.
I am not sure what you mean by "equal." If by equal, you mean "to go back to the USA" is the answer to "what is his intention?" -- then yes.
'The government has announced plans to create one million new training places." -- sense #1, a detailed proposal.
Again, I am not sure what you mean by equal here either. "To create one million new training places" is the answer to "what will the government's plan accomplish?"
With regard to arrangement, you may be confusing two separate and different usages. A floor plan (noun sense #3) shows the arrangment (noun) of rooms.
Plan, howeverm can also serve as a verb, and the first sense of the verb form is "to decide on and arrange in advance."
I hope this helps.
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