Unit 3 Degrees of Future Probability

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Degrees of Future Probability 

100 % Certain

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Will definitely… Will certainly… Will absolutely… Is definitely going to…

The weather will definitely get warmer in the next couple of months.

Subject + will definitely + V + O

Degrees of Future Probability 

Likely

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Will likely… Will very likely… Will probably… It is likely that…

Tourism numbers will very likely continue to increase this year.

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Possible

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Will possibly… Could possibly… Could Might… Maybe… It is possible that…

The government could possibly review its labour policies this year.

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Unlikely

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Probably won’t It is unlikely that… It is very unlikely that…

Venetian parcels 5 and 6 probably won’t be completed this year.

It is very unlikely that many more survivors will be found in Japan.

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Impossible

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Definitely won’t … Absolutely won’t … It is impossible that it could (VERB)… It is impossible that (something might happen)

It definitely won’t snow in Macau.

Degrees of Future Probability - Likely 

Weaker

Quite likely / rather unlikely

Stronger

Very likely / very unlikely

Stongest

Most likely / highly likely

Degrees of Future Probability - Rules 

There will ( ) be a NOUN in the future

There will probably be a typhoon next month.

It will ( ) be ADJ in the future

It will possibly be hot tomorrow.

NOUN will ( ) VERB in the future

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I will definitely study for my test this weekend.

Prices will probably increase this year.

Degrees of Future Probability - Rules 

There ( ) won’t be a NOUN in the future

There probably won’t be a typhoon next month.

It ( ) won’t be ADJ in the future

It possibly won’t be hot tomorrow.

NOUN ( ) won’t VERB in the future

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I definitely won’t study for my test this weekend.

Prices probably won’t increase this year.

Degrees of Future Probability Find the mistakes        It definitely won’t be a snow storm tomorrow.

Prices are definitely be higher in the future.

I am sure it is sunny tomorrow.

There probably have a typhoon this summer.

It is probably won’t rain tomorrow.

There won’t probably be a typhoon next month.

It won’t have more visitors next month.

Degrees of Future Probability Correct sentences        There definitely won’t be a snow storm tomorrow.

Prices are definitely going to be higher in the future.

I am sure it will be sunny tomorrow.

There will probably be a typhoon this summer.

It is probably won’t rain tomorrow.

There probably month.

won’t probably be a typhoon next There won’t be more visitors next month.

Degrees of Future Probability 

Try to write your own sentences for an event that is:

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Certain Likely Possible Unlikely Impossible

Degrees of Future Probability 

Try to write your own sentences about the following issues:

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The gaming industry in Macau The light railway system The government cash handout The number of tourists to Macau

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