- 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 about a text must be supported by details.
To make an inference:
- Look for clues in a text about something the author is trying to tell the reader but does not directly say
- Identify clues that give the reader a hint, or support, the inference