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worse comes to [worse/worst]

Which of the choices is correct for the common phrase above?

Thanks in advance!
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New2grammarworse comes to [worse/worst]

Which of the choices is correct for the common phrase above?

Thanks in advance!If the worst comes to the worst (NAmE also If worst comes to worst)

Hi N2G

I've heard that expression used in various ways:

If worse comes to worse
If worse comes to worst
If worst comes to worst

It seems to me the second one is the most logical.
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Thank you, Yoong Liat and Yankee. I like the second one too.
Just bear in mind, N2G, that idioms aren't necessarily logical. Emotion: wink
It also seems to me that "if worst comes to worst" is what I've heard the most often (AmE).
Thanks for the warning, Yankee.
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New2grammarworse comes to [worse/worst]

Which of the choices is correct for the common phrase above?

Thanks in advance!

Hi New2grammar,

This should help you clear up any question you may have:



Kenneth G. Wilson (1923–). The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993.

if (when) worse (worst) come(s) to worst



These clichés are variations of the same locution (sometimes the article the is added before one or both of the worse/worsts), each meaning essentially “If the worst that can happen actually does happen” or “If this already bad situation gets as bad as can be.” All these variations are idiomatic (even though if worst comes to worst is probably a distortion of if worse comes to worst), and all are Standard, whether the verb is indicative or subjunctive, as in If worse come[s] to worst.
It brings up another problem. How many variations are there? The parentheses confuses me. Emotion: sad

I believe there are 8 as follows:

if worse come to worst

if worse comes to worst

if worst come to worst

if worst comes to worst

when worse comes to worst

when worse come to worst

when worst come to worst

when worst comes to worst
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