sábado, 4 de agosto de 2012

Future Predictions

If you think something is possible in the future, you are making a prediction.
I think England will win the next World Cup.
These are the most common expressions for making predictions. The percentages (%) are very approximate - just to show you the order of the expressions.
It'll definitely rain.100% chance of rain
It'll almost certainly rain. 
It's bound to rain.
It'll probably rain. 
It's likely to rain.
It'll possibly rain. 
It might rain.
It might not rain.20%-50%
It probably won't rain. 
It isn't likely to rain.
It almost certainly won't rain.1%-5%
It definitely won't rain.0% chance of rain

Notice the position of words like "definitely" - before "won't", but after "will".
We often use 'be going to' instead of 'will' for predictions. There usually isn't a difference, but 'be going to' can mean that we have a reason for making the prediction.
I think it'll snow next Christmas.
(but that's in 12 months - I can't know this)
I think it 's going to snow again tomorrow.
(there are a lot of clouds and the weather is very, very cold)
The teacher thinks you'll speak perfect English one day.

From: The Tiny TEFL Teacher

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