Posted by: crisdiaz24 | February 21, 2017

EXPRESSING IDEAS ABOUT THE FUTURE

EXPRESSING IDEAS ABOUT THE FUTURE

 

 

BE +                  LIKELY / UNLIKELY                                     + TO       + INFINITIVE

SURE

BOUND

CERTAIN

 

LIKELY is used when the speaker thinks that something will probably happen. UNLIKELY when the speaker thinks that something probably won’t happen.

BOUND, SURE and CERTAIN are used when the speaker thinks that something will certainly happen.

 

  • This film is bound to get internationally famous.
  • This song is likely to be a number one hit.
  • John is likely to get the job.
  • Mary’s firm is certain to win the contract.

 

SPEAKING ACTIVITY

Use the expressions above to answer the following questions:

  1. What are you likely to do at this time tomorrow?
  2. What are you bound to do at Easter?
  3. What are you likely to have for dinner tonight?
  4. How do you think transportation / teaching / reading / travelling will change in the next twenty years?
  5. In what ways do you think you will change in the next twenty years?
  6. Do you think it is likely to rain tomorrow?
  7. Are you certain to pass the exam in June?
  8. Who is likely to pay you a visit in the summer?
  9. Are you going abroad on holiday this year?
  10. Read this list of possible twenty-first century achievements. How possible do you think the following things are? Do you think they are likely or unlikely? Which of them frightens or excites you the most? Explain why.
  • humans landing on Mars in the next ten years?
  • a world free of pollution?
  • Increase of the human lifespan to 120 years.
  • Control of the weather.
  • Colonisation of the moon.
  • World government.
  • Computers and robots to perform most household, office and factory tasks.
  • The prevention and cure of many illnesses, for example, cancer.
  • World peace.
  • Protection of the environment.
  • Other forms of energy to replace electricity.

 

 

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