A lot of English learners, sometimes, even the native writers get confused about whether to use incase or in case in phrases like “just in case.” At times, they write incase when they actually mean in case.
In this post, we will compare both words and find out which spelling is correct, along with some examples. In the end, we will also show a mnemonic device to remember the difference between both words. So let’s get started.
What Does “In Case” Mean?
In case is a phrase that indicates a provision against something happening. One common way for the phrase to be formulated is just in case, which is an expression of provision for expected conditions. In case is a conjunction that is used to join two clauses, one of them indicates an action, the other suggests the reason.
Let’s see some examples.
- You can keep in contact with them in case you need their help.
- Take a sweater in case it is cold outside.
- I have two pens in case you need one.
- Get some money in case you need to buy something.
- In case she forgets, she has written her new address on a paper.
- You need another plan in case this one doesn’t work.
- Take some cash in case they don’t accept credit cards.
- This is my phone number in case you want to ask something.
- Bring a map in case we get lost.
- You can take notes, just in case you forget something.
- He waited for a long moment in case she came back.
- We are treating him for tetanus, just in case.
What Does Incase Mean?
Incase is an incorrect spelling of encase. Encase is a verb, which means to enclose something within another matter. When you mean something like this, always use encase over incase. According to the Cambridge dictionary, encase means “to cover or surround something.
- We use wrapping paper to encase the gifts.
- The foil was used to encase the meat before it was put in a pan.
- Her broken hand was encased in plaster.
- His finger was encased in bandages.
- The identity card was encased in a plastic case.
- The reactor is encased in steel and concrete.
- The gold necklace was encased in a box to preserve it.
- The witness box was encased in fences.
- The king’s body was encased in shining armor.
- John’s right arm was encased in a cast.
How to Remember the Difference Between Incase and In Case
As we mentioned above, incase is an incorrect spelling of the verb encase; you should strictly avoid this misspelling. Always use encase as a verb. On the other hand, the phrase in case is used to refer to if something happens. If you often forget the difference between these two spellings, you can use the following mnemonic device.
You can remember that both in case and if words start with the letter “I” and encase and enclose starts with the letter “E” that means to cover something.