Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Michelle Kaplan
"The New York Radio Girl"

English expression worse comes to worst

Today you’ll learn a very cool English expression that natives use to describe a very bad situation.

The expression is: “Worse comes to worst”

What’s the difference between “worse” and “worst”?

  • Worse: Comparing two things. The Boston T is worse than the New York City subway
  • Worst: This is a superlative. When one thing is THE worst. The worst thing about the subways in New York is the rats.


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“If worst comes to worse”

  • Q: “Where are you going to sleep on your trip?” A: “If worse comes to worst I will sleep in my van.”
  • Q: “When are you going to see your family?” A: “I’d like to try to see them soon but if worst comes to worst I will see them this fall.”

Another way to say this: “Worst case scenario, I’ll sleep in my van.”

Listen to the episode to get examples of how to use “worse comes to worst” in realistic English conversations.


If you want to learn another cool native expression, check out our Episode 352 on how to use “Long story short.”

Remember, the more that you use these natural expressions, the more you will connect with people through English.


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