He will be learning how to fly.
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Expressing Degrees of Certainty in the Future Tense

1. In American speech Degrees of Certainty means how confident you are about how correct a statement is - you are saying.

2. Degrees of Certainty in the future tense means how confident we are that a specific topic is true or not true - in the future. This means we understand that the action(s) we are discussing will happen.



Future Time: Negative
Definition Example

If you are 100% sure about the topic you are discussing, use will not. You are 100% sure about topic.

Will not
, is used for a statement of fact.
(Examples 1 and 2)

1. Tom will not be tired when gets back from his job.

2. Tom will not be slow, if he trains for the race.

If you are 90% sure about the topic you are discussing, use shouldn't or should not. You believe the possibility of the topic being true is good. (Examples 3 and 4)

3. Seth shouldn't do well on the exam. He did not study.

4. Seth shouldn't be hungry after he eats lunch.

If you are 60% sure about the topic you are discussing, use may not or might not. You are discussing suspicious or uncertain thoughts about the topic. (Examples 5 and 6)

 

5. Sarah may not be happy, her dog just died.

6. Molly is not eating. She might not be hungry.

 



Future Time: Positive
Definition Example

If you are 100% sure about the topic you are discussing, use will. You are 100% sure the topic is correct.

Will
, is used for a statement of fact.
(Examples 1 and 2)

1. Tom will be tired when he gets back from soccer practice.

2. Tom will be slow, if does not practice.

If you are 90% sure about the topic you are discussing, use should. You believe the possibility of the topic being true is good. (Examples 3 and 4)

3. She should be home soon.

4. She should feel better tomorrow.

If you are 60% sure about the topic you are discussing, use may, might, or could.
(Examples 5,6, and 7)

5. Susan may do 20 pushups for soccer practice.

6. The dog might do bad actions if you do not lock her up.

7. He could do great things if you give him a chance.

He will be walking home.
 
 
Exercise
Choose the correct Degree of Certainty for each sentence. Look at the percentage next to the question, then look above to match the Degree of Certainty with the percentage. The first sentence has been completed for you. The exercise will be said in full on the Exercise Answers page. English Logic will put a checkmark ) next to your correct answers.

1.
100%
Terri at soccer practice.
2.
90%
My mom at school, she's sick.
3.
100%
They with her mother this weekend.
4.
60%
They at the park.
5.
90%
Mike at work.
6.
100%
John at my house on Thursday.
7.
100%
Seth on time for work. He is in traffic.
8.
100%
Jake at the store.
9.
90%
Jake at home by 9:00pm.
10.
80%
Your keys on the table.


You have right answers out of .

Score: %


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