I was asked in my exam to combine the sentences- He will be late. and It is certain.

I merged them into- He is certain to be late.

Was it correct?

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    I'm not sure what the criteria for doing this task could be but I think "He is certainly late" and "It's a certainity that he is late" work just as well.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 30, 2021 at 9:00
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    Your title is different, it uses the future form "he will be late"
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 30, 2021 at 9:03
  • Sorry for that! Correcting it.
    – Sasidhar
    Nov 30, 2021 at 10:31
  • How about 'It is certain that he will be late'? No changes to original sentences, just one word added. Nov 30, 2021 at 17:41
  • I also liked 'It is certain that he will be late.' but is my sentence correct?
    – Sasidhar
    Dec 1, 2021 at 5:42

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I think the correct answer is 'He is certainly late.' The fact that 'It is certain' is in the present tense can rule over 'He will be late' which is in the future tense. 'He is certain to be late' doesn't sound right according to me.

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