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Making predictions
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Talking about the future can seem confusing, especially when thinking about grammar and using a foreign language. Here are our tips for choosing the correct verbs and tenses, selecting vocabulary and getting it all right!


Internet tip!
The Tiny TEFL Teacher has a list of words that are commonly used to indicate how sure you are about a prediction. Find it here: http://ow.ly/H8ZR306ass7

How does it work?

When we talk about the future, we can never be really sure about what is going to happen. So the amount of belief we have in a future event is usually important to indicate in some way. However, estimating how far a speaker or writer believes in what they are saying or writing can seem one of the hardest things to guess correctly. Each language may have a slightly different way of indicating probability, but once you understand the theory behind it the rest is a little simpler. In English, there is actually a fairly simple rule of thumb:

  • Use a realistic tense for something you believe will happen, an 'unrealistic' tense for a future event you believe is more unlikely.

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