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Modals of Possibility vs Probbility



gportiglioti
Brazil

Modals of Possibility vs Probbility
 
Hello folks! How are you?
 
I īm having a hard time in finding a good way to explain to a class of young leaners (11/12 yo) the difference between possibility and probability. They īre are learning PERFECT MODALS. does anyone know an easy way to make them understand this concept?
 
 
Thank you so much! 

28 Feb 2016      



SVieira
Portugal

Hi.
You may try referring to the lottery as an example:
Tell your ss "I have bought a lottery ticket, but I will keep teaching you - I donj īt think I will win the lottery."
From here, you can proceed to explain that the possibility of winning the lottery is real, because you have bought the tickey; but the probability is extremely low, so they can count on you as their teacher to the end if the school year.
 
Once they have understood the difference, you may then iontroduce the adequate modals to express each of the situations:
"I may / might win the lottery tomorrow, as I have bought a ticket." --> possibility
 "I won īt win the lottery tomorrowm even though I have bought a ticket." --> probability
 
Tohave your ss practise the difference, you can then ask them to build sentences about their lives expressing probability and possibility and read them to class, to see if theyr colleagues ī reaction: "I might be get an excellent mark in the history test, but I probably won īt, because I haven īt studied much."
 
 I hope this helps.
 
 
Sandra

28 Feb 2016     



gportiglioti
Brazil

Thank you, Sandra!!
 
This is a wonderful tip! 

28 Feb 2016     



gportiglioti
Brazil

Thank you, Sandra!!
 
This is a wonderful tip! 

28 Feb 2016