Grammar 5 | Intermediate | CEFR B2

Will + Probably

Listen to a conversation talking about weekend plans.

Tom: So, Lyn, you got any plans for the weekend?

Lyn: Nothing definite. I think I’ll go shopping on Saturday and then maybe grab some take-away for dinner. On Sunday, I’ll probably just stay home. I might rent a movie or just see what's on TV.

Tom: Sounds exciting!

Lyn: I know, I know. I really should liven things up, but I'm just so tired on the weekend.

Tom: Yeah, I hear you.

Lyn: How about you, Tom?

Tom: I probably won't even bother going out. On Friday night, I’ll likely just order a pizza and watch sports on TV. On Saturday, I might go running, but it depends on the weather. On Sunday, I'll also probably just stay home. Maybe I"ll visit my friend, but I doubt it.

Lyn: Wow! It sounds like we never do anything fun. Maybe we should actually do something one weekend.

Tom: You know, you have a point.

Grammar Notes

Point 1: We use the future with will to talk about possible plans. There is a lack of certainty.
  1. I’ll probably go to Haiti next vacation.
  2. I think I’ll fly next time I come to see you.
  3. She'll probably be here tomorrow.
  4. We'll probably regret this.
Point 2: We often use such as maybe, I think, probably, possibly, I guess etc with this structure.
  1. Maybe I’ll stay home and watch sport.
  2. I guess I’ll just get fast food.
  3. I think I will go home.
  4. I probably will not have dinner.
Point 3: We can use may in place of will. It is used without an expression of possibility or probability.
  1. I may go to bed early tonight.
  2. It may rain tonight.
  3. We may have to work tomorrow.
  4. They may be late.
Point 4: We can use shall in place of will. It is more common in British English than American English.
  1. I think I shall go out this weekend.
  2. We shall see!
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