Predicting that X will probably change Y

The IA-CEPA is predicted to stabilise diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Predicting a change that does not take an object

If you want to say something will change, without mentioning the thing that will be affected by the change (the object of the change), then the writer of our opening example is using the right structure:

  • Diplomatic relations between the two countries are predicted to stabilise.
  • (Stabilise without an object)
  • Following the recent election, unemployment is predicted to fall.
  • (Fall is intransitive – it CANNOT take an object!)
  • If nothing is done to reduce global warming, then global temperatures are predicted to increase.
  • (Increase without an object)

Predicting a change AND stating the object of the change

However, when predicting changes that lead to some kind of effect, use ‘will’, perhaps in conjunction with words like predict, likely, possible, etc.:

  • It is predicted that the IA-CEPA will stabilise diplomatic relations between the two countries.
  • It is likely that the IA-CEPA will stabilise diplomatic relations between the two countries.
  • It is possible that the IA-CEPA will stabilise diplomatic relations between the two countries.
  • In each of these examples, diplomatic relations between the two countries is the object of stabilisation.

‘Will’ for prediction

Notice that all of the above examples could be written using will only:

  • The IA-CEPA will stabilise diplomatic relations between the two countries.
  • Following the recent election, unemployment will fall.
  • If nothing is done to reduce global warming, then global temperatures will increase.

Words like predicted, highly possible, unlikely, can then be added to modify the strength of the prediction, from less certain to more certain.

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