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    if vs. in case

    I know the general difference, but a while ago, I got completely lost.

    Swan 261.12: If-clauses are quite often used to explain the purpose of a remark - to suggest 'I'm saying this in case...'.

    Then, it must have the same meaning. Help me please

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    Re: if vs. in case

    Please give a more specific example.

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    Re: if vs. in case

    Ok.

    Swan again : 271.3 - In case and if are normally used in quite different ways.

    Let's buy a bottle of wine in case Roger comes. (= let's buy some wine now, because Roger might come later)

    Let's buy a bottle of wine if Roger comes. (= We'll wait and see if he comes or not, and according to that we'll either buy the wine or not.

    On the other hand: Swan 261.12: If-clauses are quite often used to explain the purpose of a remark - to suggest 'I'm saying this in case...'. e.g. If you want to go home, Anne's got your keys.

    The explantions above seems to me as if they were contradicting each other. To be honest, I'm lost.




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