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    John will most likely ......,

    John will most likely ......, but Kathy will probably stay home.

    1. coming
    2. come
    3. be come
    4. had come

    Don't we use infinitive with to after "likely"? None of the options sounds natural to me. Would you please share your opinions?
    Answer key: No.2

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    Re: John will most likely ......,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    John will most likely ......, but Kathy will probably stay home.

    1. coming
    2. come
    3. be come
    4. had come

    Don't we use infinitive with to after "likely"? None of the options sounds natural to me. Would you please share your opinions?
    Answer key: No.2

    Thanks!
    John will most likely come, but Kathy will probably stay home.

    Alternative ways to "convey" it would be:

    John is most likely to come, but Kathy will probably stay home
    John will most likely be coming, but Kathy will probably stay home.
    Last edited by beesting; 08-Dec-2013 at 19:14.

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    Re: John will most likely ......,

    If we can use "likely" with bare infinitive, so why most of the grammar books strongly avoid it?

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    Re: John will most likely ......,

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    If we can use "likely" with bare infinitive, so why do most of the grammar books strongly avoid it?
    In British English, 'He will likely come' is non-standard. However, 'He will most likely come' is fine.

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    Re: John will most likely ......,

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    If we can use "likely" with bare infinitive, so why most of the grammar books strongly avoid it?
    "will most likely to" doesn't work. If "likely" follows a form of "be", "to" is necessary.

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