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    so that vs in case

    Hi,
    Quote"I cannot answer your question, but I am bumping it in case else can"
    In this sentence, is it correct to replace the "in case... can" to " so that ... may do".
    In my opinion, the clause after "in case" is something you are not sure whereas the clause after "so that" is something you have much confidence.
    Thanks for any comments.


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    Re: so that vs in case

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_000 View Post
    In my opinion, the clause after "in case" is something you are not sure whereas the clause after "so that" is something you have much confidence.
    Thanks for any comments.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I believe that you are 100% correct:

    I cannot answer your question, but I am bumping it in case someone else can. = There is a good possibility that of all the great

    teachers at this helpline, at least one may know the answer.

    I cannot answer your question, but I am bumping it so that someone else can. = I have no doubt that someone else can and will.

    *****

    Take your umbrella in case it rains. = Rain is NOT predicted, but the sky is dark, so one never knows. Don't take any chances!

    Take your umbrella so that you will have it when it starts to rain. = The newspaper says that it will rain later today.

    *****

    If you do NOT have too much confidence, you can add "just":

    I am bumping your question just in case someone else can answer it. = I am the smartest question answerer here. If I cannot

    answer your question, I doubt that anyone else can. But miracles do occasionally occur. There is always a very, very small possibility

    that someone else can answer a question that I can't.

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    Re: so that vs in case

    Thanks for your elaboration and confirmation.

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