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Learn Thai Phrases | ความเป็นไปได้ Possibility | และความน่าจะเป็น Probability

By May 15, 2012March 15th, 2019No Comments

How to talk about May orThai Phrase May | Possibly | Probably

Maybe  in Thai Language

– Possibly – Probably

Hello everyone

In today’s Thai lesson I want to talk about future probability. There are many modal verbs expressing different levels of probability. The most common modal verbs used for expressing ‘May’ – ความเป็นไปได้ Possibility และความน่าจะเป็น Probability are:

อาจ(จะ) /àat (jà)/     = may/might

คง(จะ) /kong( jà)/   = will probably, sure to

ย่อม(จะ) /yɔ̂m( jà)/   = likely to

มัก(จะ) /mák(jà)/   = tends to, usually

เห็น(จะ) /hěn(jà)/   = seems that

jà = will and turns the tense of the verb into a future tense

The Thai Probability modal verbs are all positioned before the main verb and are used in the following way:

> Positive – May happen = modal verb (+ jà) + verb (phrase)

> Negative – Probably Not happen = modal verb (+ jà) + mâi + verb (phrase)

For example

อาทิตย์หน้า ฉันอาจจะไปเกาะภูเก็ต /aa-tít nâa chán àat jà bpai gɔ̀ puu-gèt/

(Next week I may go to Phuket.)

ฉันหวังว่า เขาคงจะชอบ /chán wǎng wâa káo kong jà chɔ̂ɔp/

(I hope she will (probably) like it.)

ของแพงย่อมจะคุณภาพดีกว่า /kɔ̌ɔng pɛɛng yɔ̂m jà kun-ná-pâap dii-gwàa/

(Expensive items are likely to be better quality.)

เขามักจะพูดแบบนี้บ่อยๆ /káo mák jà pûut bɛ̀ɛp níi bɔ̀i bɔ̀i/

(He tends to talk like this often.)

เห็นจะยาก /hěn jà yâak/

(That seems difficult.)

I will probably go now!

I hope you now have a good idea how to talk about probability using modal verbs in Thai.

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By Prae
Thai Language Teacher