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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Actually, I have just tried a brother and he agreed with the BE version. Maybe I've spent too long in the company of the likes of Mike.
    It is has been good for you to do so. :wink:

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    tdol, I've found a research on this subject. Although most of the content is written in Japanse, the question and result is in English. Check it out.

    http://www.obunsha.co.jp/argument/lexis/8-9.pdf

    The interesting point of the result is that whether "in case..." is in front of the main clause or behind strongly affects their interpretation.

    Why do you thing this happens?

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    tdol?

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    Reading it now.

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    Interesting results- it could be explained by topicalisation- shifting the important part to the beginning. It also resembles a conditional more if it's at the beginning. My mum suggests it could have something to do with the number of operators in the sentence; she contrasted it with 'Take this umbrella in case it rains'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Interesting results- it could be explained by topicalisation- shifting the important part to the beginning. It also resembles a conditional more if it's at the beginning. My mum suggests it could have something to do with the number of operators in the sentence; she contrasted it with 'Take this umbrella in case it rains'.
    Wow! I'm so happy that I've been thinking about it in the same way as you! :D

    Thank you very much, tdol.

    (p.s Is your mother also teaching English?)

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    I went with the second (BE) choice.

    Maybe I'm old fashioned.

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    I appear to have been reverse colonised by Americans.

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    ... if he cries - the "music" has started, the child is crying, the toy is after the fact
    ... to prevent - the child will not even start crying

    Can you give me your thoughts?

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