Promise to be good, tragic etc

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Xavier da Silva

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Hello everyone,


Are my uses below of "promise" appropriate/common? If not, what do you suggest?

a. This weekend promises to be a nice one. Family, friends and a lot of good things to do.
b. That election promises to be tragic and controversial. There will be religion, sexuality, and violence being discussed, debated and defended.


Meaning intended of "promise to be": is likely to be because of things and people around it.


Thank you in advance!
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    'Promises' definitely works in the first sentence. But to me, 'promises' tends to imply something positive, so it doesn't work as well in the second sentence. I think perhaps 'threatens' would be better: 'The election threatens to be tragic and controversial'.

    Othere may not agree . . .
     
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