Speculating - Intermediate
Here are some ways of talking about what we think might happen, when we don't really know.
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- No doubt the Joneses will be there
- It's unlikely that she'll come now
- I bet / you can bet (that) they'll be late
- I imagine (that) it'll be busy
- The chances are that he'll win
- There's no chance of them coming now
- In all probability, it will be raining
- My guess is that she'll lose
- There's just a chance that it will work
- I wouldn't be surprised if it rained
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- Phrase 6 suggests that we are certain that something is not going to happen.
- Phrases 1,2 and 7 are a little weaker. They are used when we think something is very likely or unlikely to happen.
- Phrase 3 is similar to phrase 1, but less formal.
- Phrases 4, 5, 8 and 10 are used when we think something is quite likely, but we aren't really very confident of it.
- Phrase 9 is much weaker. We think that something is unlikely, but is possible.