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Are they commonly used? Are they commonly used? Or are they formal? Or are they literary? #be in for A I’m afraid we’re in for a storm. #be in for it We saw Father looking angrily out of the broken window, and we knew we were in for it.
Sep 22, 2019 10:26 AM
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In British English 'to be in for something' is used regularly. It's very informal. "Looks like we're in for a difficult time." "We're in for a long day." We also use "someone is in for it" (meaning they'll be in trouble), but it's used more or less depending on the area of the UK. It's also very informal. "Oh, oh. Jack broke the window with his football. He's in for it now!" "The boss saw Sharon at a restaurant when she said she was too ill to come to work. She'll be in for it!"
September 22, 2019
I would say they are primarily dated, a little informal, and possibly also a little dialectical.
September 22, 2019
In American English, both of these are very common and very informal.
September 22, 2019
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