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Explanation of should / ought to for probability...

Exercise: modal auxiliaries, should, ought to 2.

Exercise on how to use should and ought to for strong probability.

Substitute the phrase underlined for the should / shouldn't or ought to / oughtn't to structures (both modals are possible in all answers even though there may be small differences in meaning). You can use the contracted (I'm) form or the complete (I am) form of the verb.

Example:
It looks fairly certain that it'll be sunny next week.

Answer:
It should be     sunny next week.
or,
It ought to be     sunny next week.

 

1) I'm quite sure it'll be a lovely day tomorrow.

It a lovely day tomorrow.

2) We're certain you'll learn a lot of English on that course.

You a lot of English on that course.

3) I feel quite confident that it'll be a very good conference.

It a very good conference.

4) I'm certain it won't make any difference.

It any difference.

5) We feel fairly sure you'll enjoy the holiday.

You the holiday.

6) In my opinion, this report won't take long to write.

It long to write.

7) I'm almost convinced that he'll arrive this afternoon.

He this afternoon.

8) I have a strong feeling that the economic situation will improve next year.

The economic situation next year.

9) Considering the quality of the Madrid players, they'll probably win the football match this evening.

They the football match this evening.

10) There's not much chance they will lose this match.

They this match.

 

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Solutions

1) It should be a lovely day tomorrow. / It ought to be...

2) You should learn a lot of English on that course. / You ought to learn...

3) It should be a very good conference. / It ought to be...

4) It shouldn't make any difference./It oughtn't to make...

5) You should enjoy the holiday. / You ought to enjoy...

6) It shouldn't take long to write. / It oughtn't to take...

7) He should arrive this afternoon. / He ought to arrive...

8) The economic situation should improve next year. / The economic situation ought to improve...

9) They should win the football match this evening. / They ought to win...

10) They shouldn't lose this match. / They oughtn't to lose...

 

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