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Degrees of Certainty
Transcript of Degrees of Certainty
Guess what happens next... What happened? We use may and might when it is possible something will occur.
The infinitive form of the verb is used after may and might. "She may not come tonight."
Might normally does not have a past meaning. It is used to talk about the present and the future.
However, the past is often expressed with may/ might followed by 'have + past participle'. E.g. She might have missed the train. You are going to watch several video clips. Write sentences for each clip, predicting what will or won't happen next using might,may, probably or definitely. Write statements for the following pictures, describing what you think happened using may, might, probably or definitely. Might (30-40%)
Probably (80- 90%)
Definitely (100%) Definitely and probably are adverbs of certainty.
If the sentence has a single verb, put the adverb of certainty before the verb. "He probably wants a drink."
If the verb of the sentence is be, put the adverb of certainty after be. "That dog is definitely happy." Will/ will not (won't) This is used in predictions when there is no external evidence, instead are based on our own ideas. E.g. "I think it will probably cost a lot of money to repair the car." Going to/ Not going to Used in predictions based upon external evidence. E.g. " I have just spoken to the mechanic and he said it is probably going to cost a lot of money to repair the car. Will and going to used alone in statements expresses strong certainty.
E.g. Next year I will be 30 years old.