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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    He is not likely to come.

    Hello. I have some questions and hope you will help me.
    The pattern which I would like to discuss is: Noun/Pronoun + to be + adjective + infinitive.

    He is likely to come.
    They are sure to come.


    My questions are:
    1. Where is the right place for "not"? - before or after adjective?
    He is not likely to come. or He is likely not to come.
    They are not sure to come. or They are sure not to come.

    2. I know that the sentence - He is possible to do it is wrong, but Why? Why cannot we use the words - possible, probable, certain and other words of possibility in this pattern?

    I greatly hope for your help. Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: He is not likely to come.

    "He is possible to do it" is wrong because a person can't be possible.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Newbie
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    #3

    Re: He is not likely to come.

    O.K., thank you.
    And, Where is the right place for "not"? - before or after adjective?
    He is not likely to come. or He is likely not to come.
    They are not sure to come. or They are sure not to come.

  4. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    #4

    Re: He is not likely to come.

    He is not likely to come.
    They are sure not to come.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: He is not likely to come.

    They are not sure to come means 'They might come or they might not come'.

    They are sure not to come
    means 'They will definitely not come'.

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