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    if vs in case

    Hi,

    Let us say that I am a teacher and have been asked to cover another teacher who will not attend the class tomorrow because of being sick. And I'd like to request from the assistant teacher:

    1- Could you please send a message to his students saying that I will be covering the lesson if he is not coming tomorrow?
    2- Could you please send a message to his students saying that I will be covering the lesson in case he is not coming tomorrow?

    I feel confused if I should use 'if' or 'in case' in that situation. I think the first one is OK but am not sure.


    Thanks.

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    Re: if vs in case

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Hi,

    Let us say that I am a teacher and have been asked to cover another teacher who will not attend the class tomorrow because of being sick. And I'd like to request from the assistant teacher:

    1- Could you please send a message to his students saying that I will be covering the lesson if he is not coming tomorrow?
    2- Could you please send a message to his students saying that I will be covering the lesson in case he is not coming tomorrow?

    I feel confused about whether I should use 'if' or 'in case' in that situation. I think the first one is OK but am not sure.

    Thanks.
    The first one is more natural. But since you already know that the teacher won't be there and that you definitely will be, the correct word is because, not if.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: if vs in case

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post

    Let us say that I am a teacher and have been asked to cover for another teacher
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    Re: if vs in case

    If it's only a possibility at the moment that the other teacher will be off work sick, you can say something like "Please send a message to the students saying that I will be covering the lesson if [name of teacher] doesn't come in tomorrow".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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