Grammar 4-08 | Low Intermediate | CEFR B1

Modals of Probability

Listen to three conversations using modals of probability.

Conversation #1

A: Will you be in the office Monday?
B: I will. Why?
A: Do you think you’ll have time to help me?
B: I might. I have a lot to do that day, though.
A: OK, I will check with you then. I may not even need you.
B: OK, let me know.

Conversation #2

A: When will you retire?
B: I might retire this year.
A: Really so soon. What will you do with yourself?
B: I will probably travel for a year.
A: And what will you do after that?
B: I’ll probably come home and take up golf!

Conversation #3

B: Have you seen this? You might like this?
A: What is it?
B: It’s a watch that counts calories as you walk.
A: Not sure why I might need this.
B: Well, you said you are on a diet! It might motivate you to walk more.
A: Yeah, I suppose it might help me lose weight.
B: It may! You never know!

Modals of Probability - Grammar Notes

Point 1: Use will to show something is expected to come true.

(Q) Where will you go for vacation?
(A) I will go to Spain.
(N) I won’t go to Madrid though.

(Q) Will you go to Barcelona.
(A) I will surely go there.
(N) I won’t have time.

Point 2: Use might for something that could happen.

(Q) Where will you go for vacation?
(A) I might go to France.
(N) I might not though.

(Q) Will you see Sue in Paris?
(A) I might.
(N) I might not.

Point 3: Use may for something that could happen.

(Q) What will you do tonight?
(A) I may just stay home.
(N) I may not do anything.

(Q) Will you be home tomorrow?
(A) I may.
(N) I may not.

Point 4: Use will probably for something that is likely to happen.

(Q) What will you have for dinner?
(A) I’ll probably have chicken.
(N) I probably won’t eat.

(Q) Will you have time to see me?
(A) I probably will.
(N) I probably won’t

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