- An inference is an educated guess the reader makes about something in the text.
Sometimes, authors may not say something directly in the text, but will give readers hints or clues about what they mean using details. When this happens, the reader has to infer what the author means.
What you infer must be supported by the details in the text.
To make an inference:
- Look for clues in a text
- Figure out what the author does not directly tell you
- Identify the clues that help you make the inference