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    likely that

    Which sentence is correct?

    1. It seems likely that interest rates will rise.
    2. It seems that interest rates will likely be rise.
    3. It is likely that interest rates will rise.

    Please also point out the mistakes in the other sentence?

    I think "seems" can elaborate the probability that interest rate will rise, so there is no need of using "likely that".What's your opinion?

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    #2

    Re: likely that

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    1. It seems likely that interest rates will rise. Fine
    2. It seems that interest rates will likely be rise. Not natural in BrE, even with the correction.
    3. It is likely that interest rates will rise.Fine

    Please also point out the mistakes in the other sentence?

    I think "seems" can elaborate the probability that interest rate will rise, so there is no need of using "likely that".What's your opinion?
    It can seem likely/possible/just about possible/unlikely that interest rates will rise. If you leave out the likely, there is more certainty in the statement.

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    Re: likely that

    Thanks for the reply.One more question please.
    Is it correct to write,
    " It seems interest rates will likely rise."

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    Re: likely that

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    One more question please.
    Is it correct to write,
    " It seems interest rates will likely rise."
    Not in BrE. I believe it may be in AmE. We'll have to wait for an American to confirm.

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    Re: likely that

    It would be fine in AE.

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    Re: likely that

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Not in BrE. I believe it may be in AmE. We'll have to wait for an American to confirm.
    As an NES (BrE) I could easily have heard:
    "It seems interest rates will likely rise over the next few months, but fall gradually again by the end of the year".

    Whether it is strictly, grammatically correct or not I will leave to others.

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