come into the picture vs. come into play

What is the difference between these two expressions: “That’s where we come into the picture” vs. “That’s where we come into play”.


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Ah ha Torsten …

You are really working on the the language here arnt you (smile)


When you come into play, it means you take action. e.g. you are an active subject in the situation.
When you come into the picture, you may be either a passive or active subject in the situation.

Want some examples or is the explanation ok?

Best regs

Rob ( Well the answer was worth a small mention wasnt it? (smile)

PS, so how do I get my picture on here?


Hi Rob,

Thanks a lot for your detailed explanation, now I have a better understanding of these phrases. As for your picture, please go to your profile page and scroll down to “upload your picture”.

I look forward to meeting in your person soon (I mean, to seeing your picture…)[YSaerTTEW443543]

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