What are the ways to express a policy is currently in place in a country? Could I say:

UBI is currently in run in Alaska.

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In effect, in force (though that usually for a policy that forces people to do - or not do - some specified thing), in some cases deployed. There are a few options.

In run isn't one of them. It's not even grammatical, I'm afraid. Running, the progressive participle, would be understandable, and even natural for some sorts of policy. "Alaska currently runs a UBI scheme" would be perfectly suitable. But in run has the dual problems of being ungrammatical and not used (one does not necessarily guarantee the other).

  • Thx, I don't see how would it be ungrammatical, tho. What is the grammatical difference between the theoretical phrase in run and in effect? Phrases often don't "correspond" to the grammaticality of their compounds.
    – Probably
    Feb 19, 2019 at 16:26
  • Effect is a noun, in that sense. In the sense you are trying to use it, run is not a noun. You can't be in a bare infinitive verb. Where run is a noun, it means a route for running along, or a period of time spent running - and it's countable, so even if you did talk about something being in a run in that sense, it would be in a run, or in the run - and it's a different sense of run in the first place.
    – SamBC
    Feb 19, 2019 at 16:29
  • I agree but hypercorrectly, it should also be in the effect, shouldn't it?
    – Probably
    Feb 19, 2019 at 16:37
  • No. Whether that's because you consider in effect a set phrase, or because of a property of the word effect, the phrase in the effect would be incorrect in this case. It would be correct in other (rarer) cases, where it has a different meaning.
    – SamBC
    Feb 19, 2019 at 16:52

effective would work; Oxford Dictionaries even cites it as being used for a policy:

  1. Successful in producing a desired or intended result.

1.1 (of a law, rule, or policy) operative.

‘the regulation will be effective from January’

A variation on this would be in effect, and operative or in operation would work as well.

  • Thx, I suppose "in run" isn't an option then, right?
    – Probably
    Feb 19, 2019 at 9:10
  • I haven't heard that usage before, but I'm not a native speaker myself.
    – Glorfindel
    Feb 19, 2019 at 9:11
  • @Probably Note that it would be idiomatic to say that a newly enacted policy is now running (or, better, now up and running) somewhere. It would apply only in the case of something new. Feb 19, 2019 at 12:40
  • You need to be careful with "effective" here, because meanings 1 and 1.1 quoted above can be opposite in some situations. A law which is operative may not necessarily produce the desired or intended results! - e.g. "The regulation which will be effective from January will not be effective" :)
    – alephzero
    Feb 19, 2019 at 15:14

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