Making Predictions

Jun 10, 2015

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.


It probably won't rain. 
It isn't likely to rain.


It almost certainly won't rain.


It definitely won't rain.

0% chance of rain


Notice the position of words like "definitely" - before "won't", but after "will".

We sometimes use '(to be) going to' instead of 'will' for predictions. ‘(To be) going to' can mean that we have a reason or some present evidence 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)


What are your predictions for this year? What are your predictions for the next thirty years? Write a short composition and be sure to include the new vocabulary from the table above…

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