【明報專訊】Jarry: How are your preparations for the carnival going? I got the publicity out a month ago and there seems to be a lot of interest.
Linda: Well, it's so far so good I think. Not every organisation we've contacted to run a float has replied yet but I'm reasonably confident they will all come on board.
Jarry: What about security and safety arrangements?
Linda: I've just heard from the police and they are happy with things so far.
Jarry: What about the entertainment, the music and the amusements?
Linda: There is still quite a lot to do, but I don't foresee any problems.
Jarry: Look I'm going away for a few days but I would like to be kept up to date with how things are going, so could you please keep me in the loop.
Linda: Of course. I've got your smartphone number so that'll be no problem.
Loop 是「圈」。In the loop 的 loop，或說是指軍隊中的 command-and-control feedback loop（指揮及控制回報圈），即軍官向士兵下命令、士兵向軍官回報情况的制度。引伸其義，in the loop（在圈中）是「了解內情」，out of the loop（在圈外）是「不了解內情」。例如：①The staff should be kept in the loop to make sure that the management board's decisions are properly carried out（職員須獲告知情况，以便理事會的決策能夠妥善執行）。②I have been out of the loop for a while and do not know how things have developed（我不與其事有一段時間了，不知道事情現在怎樣）。