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    going to future

    Hi everybody!
    In a "key word transformation" exercise (FCE exam, Cambridge English Language Assessment) I found this sentence:
    "In my opinion, they will definitely offer Ronnie that job hes applied for."
    "CERTAIN" is the key word to be used unchanged - in the following sentence that must have the same meaning as the first:
    "In my opinion, Ronnie is ______________ offered that job hes applied for."
    I can use from 2 to 5 words including the key word, so this is the solution I thought of:
    "In my opinion, Ronnie is for certain going to be offered that job hes applied for."
    Id have said "Ronnie is certain to be offered", but it means that he (Ronnie) knows hell get the job, while in the first sentence I read "In my opinion, they will definitely offer Ronnie...", which means that probably Ronnie doesn't know anything about it.
    Do you think my solution is correct? Are there other possible solutions?
    Thank you so much!

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    Re: going to future

    "Certain to be" is the right answer. It doesn't say anything about if Ronnie knows. It is still just the first person's opinion.

    He could be certain because he knows the hiring manager. He could be certain because of information he got from Ronnie. Ronnie's knowledge is not relevant to this question at all.

    And if you say "In my opinion, Ronnie is certain to be offered the job" it does not say anything about what Ronnie knows or does not know.

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    Re: going to future

    Hi SoothingDave! Thank you very much for your kind reply.
    I infer from your answer that there's no possible misunderstanding between the first person's opinion and the fact that "Ronnie is certain" of the same thing. Now I wonder whether my answer is correct all the same or not. What do you think?
    Thank you so much!

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    #4

    Re: going to future

    Your answer is grammatically correct, only 5 words, and makes perfect sense.

    It is not the most natural answer in my opinion.

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    Re: going to future

    Thank you so much for helping me with the meaning of "certain" as "destined", not only "sure / convinced".

    Bye!

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