Likely

If something is likely to happen, it is probably going to happen.

  • She is likely to win. (= She is probably going to win.)
  • I’m likely to be busy tomorrow.
  • He’s likely to come in the evening.
  • It’s likely to rain.
  • The driver’s careless was the most likely cause of the accident.
  • Interest rates are likely to rise.

The structure more than likely is used to mean almost certain.

  • It’s more than likely that our candidate will win. (= It is almost certain that our candidate will win.)

Likely can be used before a noun to mean suitable.

  • She is a likely candidate for the job.

Unlikely is the opposite of likely.

  • She is unlikely to recognize me. (= She will probably not recognize me.)
  • He is unlikely to agree.
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Manjusha Nambiar

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