- To infer is to make a guess about a passage based on what you read. An inference is an idea that is drawn from a text. It is based on the details found in a text, but it is not something that is directly stated.
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
- Look for details in the text that support the inference