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    Default we'll be in for it

    Hi, I' sd like to know if it's correct to say:

    "Let's take an umbrella otherwise if it starts raining, we'll be in for it"

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    Default Re: we'll be in for it

    Yep!

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    Default Re: we'll be in for it

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi, I' sd like to know if it's correct to say:

    "Let's take an umbrella otherwise if it starts raining, we'll be in for it"
    It's not very natural. To be "in for it" means to be in trouble.

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    Default Re: we'll be in for it

    Yes, I mean that we'll get wet=we'll be in trouble.
    Why isn't it natural?

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    Default Re: we'll be in for it

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Yes, I mean that we'll get wet=we'll be in trouble.
    Why isn't it natural?
    It's not something that a native speaker would say, at least, not in BrE.

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    Default Re: we'll be in for it

    For example, if your mother told you that you had to be very careful to keep your clothes in good shape because you had to wear them to a party that nigh, then getting your clothes soaked by the rain would get you in trouble with your mother. In that case, you'd be "in for it" if you didn't have a raincoat or an umbrella, but it's because your mother would upset with you.

    Otherwise, getting soaking wet might be uncomfortable, but it doesn't get you in trouble, so "in for it" doesn't work.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: we'll be in for it

    Thanks a lot

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