Predictions – may, might, will, definitely, etc.
Posted June 18, 2009on:
In Tuesday’s Pre-Intermediate class we discussed ‘prediction’ words – those like may, might, probably, definitely, will, and on and on and on. We also welcomed Kyoung Won! Hello!
But what do they mean? Below is an explanation of these terms and their meaning:
We use this phrase when we are sure something will happen eg. ‘We will definitely go out on Friday night’.
The negative of this phrase is definitely won’t
This phrase is used when we are fairly sure (perhaps 75% sure) something will happen eg. ‘We will probably go to the movies tonight’
The negative of this phrase is probably won’t
‘may / might’
These verbs are used to say that something could happen / that it’s possible something will happen
eg. We may / might go out on Friday night
The negative of these verbs is may / might not and people will say mightn’t
eg. I mightn’t be able to see you on Friday night / I may not be able to see you on Friday night
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