LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||16/JAN/2015 9:50 PM|
|Assunto:||Probable vs Likely|
Descriptor Score Example
(1) May only occur in exceptional circumstances.
(2) Expected to occur in a few circumstances.
(3) Expected to occur in some circumstances.
(4) Expected to occur in many circumstances.
(5) Expected to occur frequently and in most circumstances.
Just think of your "probrable" (3) and "likely" (4) as the equivalent, respectively, to the above ones, so:
(3) Expected to occur in some circumstances. [possible]
(4) Expected to occur in many circumstances. [Expected to occur in many circumstances. ]
That is, almost certain to happen should the some important circumstances arise, or you can think of it as something highly likely to happen]
In dictionaries, the meaning of "likely'' and "problable" can be interchangeable most of the time. But here is a special case.
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