English expression – Just in case

Just in case


Recently was I asked about the English expression “just in case” and I thought it would make a good blog post.

Please look at the following example: 

“I don’t think it will rain today, but I will take my umbrella with me to the store, just in case.”

Just in case means “IF something happens” then you want to be prepared. Even if the chances are small, you still want to be prepared. Let’s look at the example sentence again.
“I don’t think it will rain today” = the chances are small that it will rain today.
“but I will take my umbrella with me to the store” = I will be prepared.
just in case.” = IF something happens. In this example – IF it rains.

So the meaning of our example sentence is “The chances are small that it will rain today, but if it does rain it will be no problem because I will have an umbrella.” Have you got it? Here are some more examples:

●”I am having a party tonight. I expect 10 people to come but I have bought extra wine  just in case more people arrive.” = I think I will have 10 people at my party but IF more people come I will have enough wine for everyone because I bought extra.

●”I have an important meeting tomorrow at 7:00 AM. I really don’t want to be late so I will leave very early,  just in case.”  We can end the sentence with just in case because we can easily imagine why it is better to leave early if you don’t want to be late. Traffic jams, train delays, bad weather etc. can cause problems, but if we leave early we have extra time, we are prepared, and we won’t be late.

I should have brought an umbrella!

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