The next time you’re working on conditionals, why not teach ‘in case’? Maybe it’s my cautious streak, but it seems like such a handy little phrase to know to me.
There are a couple of things about ‘in case’ that students may find tricky. First they need to know how its meaning differs from ‘if’. And then there’s the issue that we don’t follow it with ‘will’ or ‘would’. But that seems like another good reason to teach it, to me. We rarely use ‘will’ in the ‘if-clause’ in conditionals either, so it gives us another opportunity to practise that.
Hopefully this video will help students get a good handle on ‘in case’. As always, it’s available at the www.simpleenglishvideos.com website with a clickable transcript. Enjoy!
Just in case it comes in handy – here are some questions you can ask…
Tick all the correct endings in the sentences below.
- Take an umbrella in case …
- it should rain.
- it will rain.
- it would rain.
- it starts raining.
- Take your phone, just in case …
- she will call.
- she needs to call you.
- she calls.
- she would call.
- I wrote the number down in case …
- we would forget it.
- we would forgot it.
- we forgot it.
- we should forgot it.
- Bring your driving licence, just in case …
- you need some ID.
- you should need some ID.
- someone asks to see your ID.
- someone would ask to see your ID.
- I reserved the room till 5pm in case …
- the meeting went on longer than expected.
- the meeting goes on longer than expected.
- the meeting would go on longer than expected
- the meeting will go on longer than expected.