How to Talk about Prediction?
The verb 'predict' means to guess future events in the present time by using some 'expressions' or 'words' like modals and semi-modals. Predictions might become true over time and sometimes they cannot happen. In this lesson, we will learn how to talk about predicting something. Here are all the verbs that can represent predictions on the list.
We can use the modal verb 'will' to talk about almost every future prediction.
Here are the cases that the modal verb 'will' can be used to talk about future prediction.
1. Prediction in the Future
The modal verb 'will' can be used to talk about things that you think are going to happen. The modal verb 'will' has its own rules to be used. We will discuss this later in this article.
The news announcer
2. Prediction in the Past (Would)
The modal verb 'would' is the past tense of the verb 'will.' As a result, we can use the modal verb 'would' in the past tense to talk about the future events that were supposed to happen in the future. But at the time of talking, they may have happened or not.
I thought it
They all believed the correct answer
Will and Would: Structure
Be Going to
Using Be Going to in the Past
As you know, we can use the past tense of the verb be in the structure of the expression 'be going to' to refer to a prediction in a past period of time. Check out the examples.
What Is the Difference between Will and Be Going to?
When it comes to prediction, usually, 'be going to' is used for more solid plans. We mean there is usually evidence that based on them, we predict something.
The sky is dark. It
You can use the modal verb should to talk about expectations or predictions. Using should to talk about prediction is usually based on the evidence or events that are seen. Remember, should is a modal verb, so, you have to use a bare infinitive after it.
People tend to use the present continuous tense and the present simple tense to talk about predictions about the future. Remember, this is wrong. We use the present simple to talk about timetables and present continuous to talk about arrangements.
We can use the verbs be going to, will, and would to talk about predictions. Would is the past tense of will. Take a look at the table below.
|will||not too sure about the prediction|
|be going to||almost sure about the prediction|