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Future EventsPlay
Use 'foretell' when talking about events expected to happen in the future, not past events. SlideThe folklore foretells that a hero will emerge to save our land.
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Not CertaintyPlay
'Foretell' does not mean the event will definitely happen; it implies a prediction or expectation. SlideThe fortune teller foretells that I will travel abroad, but it's not certain.
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Often FictionalPlay
'Foretell' is common in mythical, fantastical, or literary contexts, less so in everyday conversation. SlideAncient scriptures often foretell the coming of a chosen one.