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    Exclamation Negative future time degrees of certainty

    Hi,

    I was wondering if negative forms of modals in future time is also possible similar to those of present and past time. I mean in both present and past times in degrees of certainty we have affirmative and negative forms as well. But, what about future time?

    For example, "she ought to/should become a good teacher"

    Is the negative form also possible? As in "she ought not to/shouldn't become a good teacher".

    or "she may/might/ could not do well on the exam tomorrow"

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    Re: Negative future time degrees of certainty

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    Hi,

    I was wondering if negative forms of modals in for the future time is are also possible similar to those of the present and past time. I mean in both present and past times in degrees of certainty we have affirmative and negative forms as well. But, what about the future time?

    For example, "she ought to/should become a good teacher."

    Is the negative form also possible? As in "she ought not to/shouldn't become a good teacher".
    Yes, it's possible, but that sentence is not a good example; it doesn't make much sense. Here's a better one:

    She should not spend all her money on clothes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    or "she may/might/ could not do well on the exam tomorrow"
    I don't understand what you mean by that.

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    Re: Negative future time degrees of certainty

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    "she may/might/ could not do well on the exam tomorrow"
    We often use a passive verb phrase constructed from the present simple followed by an infinitive to express that: She's not likely to do well on the exam tomorrow.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 11-Feb-2017 at 23:52. Reason: To strike out incorrect terminology.
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    Re: Negative future time degrees of certainty

    She may/might not do well in the exam tomorrow works for this speaker of BrE. She could not do well ​doesn't.

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    Re: Negative future time degrees of certainty

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    We often use a passive constructed from the present simple followed by an infinitive to express that: She's not likely to do well on the exam tomorrow.
    I see no passive there.

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    Re: Negative future time degrees of certainty

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I see no passive there.
    Thanks. I hesitated over that post, wondering if I was naming the construction correctly. What should I have written?
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    Re: Negative future time degrees of certainty

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Thanks. I hesitated over that post, wondering if I was naming the construction correctly. What should I have written?
    What about this?:

    You could use the "be + likely + to-infinitive" construction to express that: She's not likely to do well on the exam tomorrow.
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    Re: Negative future time degrees of certainty

    Quote Originally Posted by YAMATO2201 View Post
    What How about this?

    You could use the "be + likely + to-infinitive" construction to say: express that: She's not likely to do well on the exam tomorrow.
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    Re: Negative future time degrees of certainty

    That referred to a statement in the previous post.
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    Re: Negative future time degrees of certainty

    hi

    But, I think your sentence (She should not spend all her money on clothes.) seems more to be an advice rather than representing degree of certainty in the future tense. or is it possible to use it when a speaker is almost sure that she will not spend all her money on clothes?



    Regarding the second part of my question, that is "she may/might/ could not do well on the exam tomorrow", I meant that here the speaker is just guessing as he/she is 50% sure that she will not do well on the exam.

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