【明報專訊】Gina: So where are you off to?
Kit: I'm going to the County Horse Trials. It's the first event of the year and it's the cross-country today.
Gina: Oh, I went last year. Hilary Keefe won it. Is she riding today?
Kit: Yes, and she's the favourite. But the competition is really hot.
Gina: Well the weather seems to be OK at the moment but there may be rain this afternoon.
Kit: Yes, I saw that and I've got my rain gear with me just in case. But I hope it doesn't. That would make the ground slippery and difficult for the horses.
Gina: I know. Let's hope it stays dry.
In case 與 just in case 一般譯做「以防萬一」，但「以防萬一」是指預防不大可能發生的事，(just) in case 則只是「以防某事會發生」，並無「萬一」含義 。留意 (just) in case 與 in case of 意思相同，不過，(just) in case 之後會用子句 (clause)，in case of 之後則會用名詞，而 just in case 則常用於句末，例如： (1) I'll write it down (just) in case I forget（我會寫下來，以免忘記）。(2) Call 999 in case of fire or other emergency（假如失火或有其他緊急事故，就打九九九） 。(3) He is a violent man. Take a gun with you, just in case（他是個暴徒，你最好還是帶支槍）。
̷̷ 作者︰古德明 ̷
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