19 How to use ‘likely’

I hope episode 18 solved all your problems with different uses of 'like' in English. What about 'likely'? How to use that? You will learn it from this episode.

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'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.

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Examples:

  • 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?

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