Monthly Archives: November 2015

Projections and Predictions

Both of these words are used when we discuss guesses about the future, but they are slightly different. Here’s how to make sense of them.

Projections look at the past and use that information to talk about the future. If you have a coffee every morning, you will probably have one tomorrow too. I know that having a morning coffee is one of your habits.

Predictions look at the present and use that information to talk about the future. If you are angry right now, you will probably be angry tomorrow too. I don’t know if being angry is your habit or not!

Projections sound more believable than predictions. Projections sound scientific, analytical, and data-driven, while predictions sound like magic, smart guesses, or uncertainty.

I predict that your English will be 10% better after reading this post.


Creative Comparisons

A simile is a comparison that uses the words “like” or “as.”

  • example: The moon is like a clock.

A metaphor is a comparison that doesn’t use “like” or “as.”

  • example: The moon is a clock.

We mostly see these in creative writing, as they allow us to make comparisons that don’t necessarily make sense in academic or business contexts.