when using 'on the off-chance', is that thing unlikely to happen always something we hope to happen, or could it also be something negative that we fear could happen?

For example, I can say:

On the off-chance of you coming back already today, I cooked for two.

But could I also say:

On the off-chance of you losing your job, I've put some money aside.

  • It could be something negative however, the phrase is used for casual things .. more of a "either way is fine" sort of thing. "I reserved seats for a movie in the off chance it rains and we can't have the picnic" would be find. Also, in your first example "already" does not work. "early" or "anyway" could. – Tom22 Apr 8 '18 at 23:19

I think it can something we hope does happen or we hope doesn't happen.

Both of your examples work well.

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