I understand that will can be used to refer to the likelihood of a future event, for example:

I expect (that) she won't like the news

Source: Merriam-Websters Advanced Learners English Dictionary

But what I do not get is why the writer chose to use will with expect in the context below

The past tense may sometimes occur in the if clause (If I knew you were coming . . .), but in British English, at least, it would be unusual. That said, I expect some of us will know the song that has the line If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake.

Source: “If I knew you're coming I wouldn't have come”

I expected him to write the sentence below, since he already knows the song he mentioned.

That said, I expect some of us will know the song

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We can use 'will' in a statement about a event or situation to indicate that we are fairly, or nearly, certain that it is true.

2 used for showing that you are fairly certain that something is true
Most of you will know about the problems we’ve been having.
There’s the doorbell. That’ll be Janet.

Will (Macmillan Dictionary)

  • I see you got an answer as 'AntiScam' on Word Reference earlier today, but at least we give you a dictionary link. Mar 23, 2019 at 18:53
  • Thanks, Michael. Much appreciated. And I think your comment with "at least" is just one reason why I do that! I even keep the same title more often than not, and it is no secret nor is it in violation with both sites policies.
    – learner
    Mar 28, 2019 at 10:23

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