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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.
90%-99%
It'll probably rain.
It's likely to rain.
80%-95%
It'll possibly rain.
It might rain.
50%-80%
It might not rain.20%-50%
It probably won't rain.
It isn't likely to rain.
5%-20%
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.



Future Predictions practice

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