December 27

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In case vs. If

 

Hi everyone, you’re listening to Cambridge Exam Coach, a podcast for people who want to improve their English.

I’m Kristian, your host, and in this episode we’re talking about the difference between ‘in case’ and ‘if’.

Listen to these examples:

‘I’ll call you if I need help with the project.’ vs. ‘I’ll call you in case I need help with the project.’

In the example with ‘if’, it means that I might call you in the future, but it depends if I need help or not.

The second sentence with ‘in case’ means I’m going to call you before I work on the project, to prevent any problems.

Let’s listen to another example:

‘I’ll take an umbrella in case it rains’ vs. ‘I’ll take an umbrella if it rains.’

Just like in our first example, it means that I’m going to take my umbrella anyway, to prevent any problems.

But, in the example with ‘if’, this means that I only take an umbrella because it is raining when I leave.

So if you want to learn more English, connect with me on LinkedIn or subscribe to the podcast.

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All right, that’s all for today.

Take care of yourself, and each other, and I’ll speak to you on the podcast soon, but for now it’s time to say bye bye!

About the author 

Kristian

Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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