Possibility - Intermediate
When we are talking about the future, we often don't really know what will happen. Here are ten ways that we can say things that we think have a chance of happening.
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- It's probably going to rain tomorrow.
- There's a (good) chance it'll rain...
- In all probability, it'll rain...
- The odds are it'll rain tomorrow.
- I wouldn't be surprised if it rained...
- There's a fifty-fifty chance of rain...
- It's quite likely it'll rain...
- It may / might / could rain tomorrow.
- Maybe it'll rain tomorrow.
- There's (just) a chance it'll rain
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- Phrases 1 and 2 are saying that there is a high probability
- Phrases 3 and 4 are a little weaker but still quite strong
- Phrases 5 and 6 are saying that the chance is about 50 percent that it will rain.
- In phrase 8, 'may' and 'might' are more probable if the word 'just' comes before (e.g. it just might rain tomorrow.)
- Phrase 9 depends on the intonation. Increasing the rise-fall on 'May' makes the rain sound more probable.
- Phrase 10 is saying that the probability is small.