Interested in Language
I came across this test question: 'Keep the tickets in case I ... them. A:lose B:would lose C: lost D: will lose (with A being the officially correct answer)
Am I right in claiming that something is not right with it logically even if grammaticaly it looks fine? We cannot lose anything once this thing is handed over to somebody else. In other words conforming with the request 'keep the tickets' precludes an event (case) of the other person 'losing them'.
If my suspicions are confirmed, how to convey the originally intended meaning?
Would these sentences be acceptable?
'Keep the tickets SO THAT I don't lose them'
'Keep the tickets TO PREVENT my losing them'
Last edited by billmcd; 04-Jan-2012 at 02:55.
I completely agree with how illogical that sentence is!
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.
Thank you all for the quick and unanimous reply. The publication in which the discussed sentence appeared is:
FCE USE OF ENTLISH 1 STUTENT'S BOOK, VIRGINIA EVANS , EXPRESS PUBLISHING
Having noticed myself saying to a friend a moment or two ago, "You keep the keys in case I lose them", I have to revise my view that it's not acceptable. It may appear illogical, but it works.