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in that case | if that's the case

This page is about the conversational phrase in that case | if that's the case

Meaning

You can use this if you're saying what you'll do, or what should happen, given the facts you've just been told.

For example

  • "I don't feel like going."
    "I'm not going either in that case. I don't want to go alone."

  • "Eating meat isn't very good for you."
    "If that's the case, why aren't you a vegetarian?"

Quick Quiz

My wife said, "It's going to rain," and I said, "In that case,

a. I'd better take an umbrella."

b. I'm sure it won't rain."

c. it had better rain."

Contributor: Matt Errey