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    Default Is it correct to say:"In case it should rain" or "should it rain" ?

    Would it be more correct to say : "If it rained"?
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    Default Re: Is it correct to say:"In case it should rain" or "should it rain" ?

    Should it rain, we will move the party indoors.
    I've brought my umbrella in case it rains.
    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: Is it correct to say:"In case it should rain" or "should it rain" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Should it rain, we will move the party indoors.
    I've brought my umbrella in case it rains.
    And/or "If it rains.....", "In case of rain....."

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    Default Re: Is it correct to say:"In case it should rain" or "should it rain" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    And/or "If it rains.....", "In case of rain....."
    They work for the first of Barb's sentences, but not for the second.


    In case of rain / if it rains / should it rain, we will move the party indoors.
    I've brought my umbrella in case it rains.
    I put up my umbrella if it rains.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Apr-2013 at 21:49.
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    Default Re: Is it correct to say:"In case it should rain" or "should it rain" ?

    I took my umbrella in case it rained. This sentence can't really be constructed using "Should".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Is it correct to say:"In case it should rain" or "should it rain" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I took my umbrella in case it rained. This sentence can't really be constructed using "Should".
    I don't agree with you on that one. I wouldn't use 'should' myself, but I think it's acceptable. There are quite a few COCA citations for similar sentences.
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    Default Re: Is it correct to say:"In case it should rain" or "should it rain" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I don't agree with you on that one. I wouldn't use 'should' myself, but I think it's acceptable. There are quite a few COCA citations for similar sentences.
    Would you use "I took my umbrella in case it should rain"?
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    Default Re: Is it correct to say:"In case it should rain" or "should it rain" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Would you use "I took my umbrella in case it should rain"?
    I wouldn't, but I think it's possible.
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