In case of or In the case of?


I am writing a thesis.

Now I feel difficulty to use the word "case".

For example,


In the case of small w,

In case of small w,

In the case that w is small,

(Here w is a parameter in my simulation)


Which is the best to use? What is the difference among them?

grammar asked Oct 15 '13 at 09:26 Korphy New member

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Case does need "the" in front of it and is an appropriate word for a particular situation.  In your context it is when w is small.  I would use your last example:


In the case that w is small, ...


The reason you use the article is because you are talking about a particular case - the one in which w is small. 

link answered Oct 16 '13 at 06:51 Patty T Grammarly Fellow


Thank you for giving a comment.I use "in the case that w is small" this time.

KorphyOct 17 '13 at 03:02

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