19 How to use ‘likely’
LIKELY means probable, very possible.
When somebody asks you if you will come to the party, you can say: Likely, meaning that there is a great chance you will be there. And on the contrary, if you say: Unlikely – it means the chances of you coming are low.
- Will it rain tomorrow? – Likely / Very likely / Most likely (if the forecast shows 75% of higher probability of rain)
- Do you think he will win in the competition? – Highly unlikely. He is not a strong candidate.
- The flights are likely to be delayed because of the heavy snow.
- It’s likely he will be late. = He is likely to be late.
- It’s unlikely she will come back. = She is unlikely to come back.
- Is he likely to get to this university? – The chances are high.
- I am unlikely to show up at class tomorrow. I have some urgent personal business.
- It’s totally unlikely he will believe this stupid story.
Do you know how to talk about probability now? Can you try to make your own examples in the comments?