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    #1

    He's not likely to Vs It's unlikely for him

    Which sentences from sentences group A and B are grammatical and idiomatic ?

    A1-It's unlikely for him to pass the test.
    A2-It's unlikely that he passes the test.
    A3-He's not likely to pass the test.

    B1-It's impossible for him to pass the test.
    B2-He's impossible to pass the test.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: He's not likely to Vs It's unlikely for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan. View Post
    Which sentences from sentences group A and B are grammatical and idiomatic ?

    A1-It's unlikely for him to pass the test.
    A2-It's unlikely that he passes the test.
    A3-He's not likely to pass the test.

    B1-It's impossible for him to pass the test.
    B2-He's impossible to pass the test.

    Thanks.
    I think only the last one (B2) is neither grammatical, nor idiomatic. But let's wait for the native speakers to help.)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: He's not likely to Vs It's unlikely for him

    Tell us what you think first, Ryan. You know we don't just hand out free homework answers.

    englishhobby, it's a good idea to wait for native speakers to respond first before you give an opinion. Additionally, please state that you are not a teacher.

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    Re: He's not likely to Vs It's unlikely for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan. View Post
    Which sentences from sentences group A and B are grammatical and idiomatic ?

    A1-It's unlikely for him to pass the test.
    A2-It's unlikely that he passes the test. We would say "It's unlikely that he will pass the test."
    A3-He's not likely to pass the test.

    B1-It's impossible for him to pass the test.
    B2-He's impossible to pass the test.

    Thanks.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He's not likely to Vs It's unlikely for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Tell us what you think first, Ryan. You know we don't just hand out free homework answers.

    englishhobby, it's a good idea to wait for native speakers to respond first before you give an opinion. Additionally, please state that you are not a teacher.
    These are the sentences that I wrote not my homework. I think A2, A3 and B1 are fine but I'm not sure about other ones.

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    Re: He's not likely to Vs It's unlikely for him

    Thanks. "impossible" and "unlikely" are both adjectives.Why is it OK to say "He's unlikely to do sth" but not "He's impossible to do sth" ?

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    Re: He's not likely to Vs It's unlikely for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan. View Post
    Thanks. "impossible" and "unlikely" are both adjectives.Why is it OK to say "He's unlikely to do sth" but not "He's impossible to do sth"?
    Do you think that all adjectives are interchangeable? On that basis, it would be OK to say "He's not blue to do something". I'm sure you know that's not right.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He's not likely to Vs It's unlikely for him

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Do you think that all adjectives are interchangeable? On that basis, it would be OK to say "He's not blue to do something". I'm sure you know that's not right.
    I heard this sentence on The Big bang Theory series. "This woman is impossible to shop for". What about this sentence?

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    Re: He's not likely to Vs It's unlikely for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan. View Post
    I heard this sentence on The Big bang Theory series. "This woman is impossible to shop for". What about this sentence?
    That means "It is impossible to buy something for her which she will like". It's the opposite of "She is really easy to shop for", meaning "I can easily find something to buy for her which she will like".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He's not likely to Vs It's unlikely for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    englishhobby, it's a good idea to wait for native speakers to respond first before you give an opinion. Additionally, please state that you are not a teacher.
    In englishhobby's defence, his/her member profile shows "English teacher" so it does not seem appropriate to start his/her posts with "not a teacher".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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