- To infer is to make a guess based on what you know. 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. For example, if a passage shows a child practicing his piano every day, you can infer that he really likes music.
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 tell you
- Identify the clues that help you make the inference
- Make a guess that makes the most sense based on what you read