Unit 6.1

# Probability with Likely and Unlikely

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## Introduction

Likely is an adjective and an adverb used with a similar meaning to probable in the affirmative form.

Unlikely is an adjective and an adverb used with a similar meaning to improbable in the negative form.

## Form

We find likely in affirmative sentences and unlikely in negative sentences.

They usually come after the verb or between the auxiliary verb and the main verb:
Subject + verb + likely/unlikely + …
Subject + auxiliary + likely/unlikely + main verb + …

## Example

• Is it likely that you will cry when you see him.
• They are likely to win the match.
• You are unlikely to lose weight, you are eating too much.
• It is unlikely that we will fall asleep.
• I will likely fall ill as I am wearing thin clothing.
• We will likely get angry when we see him.
• This situation will unlikely change in the future.
• She will unlikely be bored at this party.

## Use

When we use likely we want to express probability.

When we use unlikely we want to express improbability.

## Summary

Likely is used to express probability, it has a similar meaning to probable and possible, whereas unlikely is used to express improbability.

They are both placed before a verb in a sentence or between the auxiliary verb and the main verb.

For example:
“She will likely lose weight.” = She will probably lose weight.
“She will unlikely lose weight.” = She won’t probably lose weight.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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