Be apt to
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Be apt toNote: Be apt to has a similar meaning to Be liable to, which is used more frequently.
Be apt to can express a bad habit:
Bob is apt to lose his concentration if we make too much noise. Bob often loses his temper when we make too much noise.
She's apt to be nervous when she's around people she doesn't know. She usually gets very nervous when she's around people she doesn't know.
Be apt to can also express something which is likely to happen or is at risk of happening:
We are apt to lose the contract if we don't correct this mistake quickly. We risk losing the contract if we don't correct this mistake quickly.
These plants are apt to die if they are not watered regularly. These plants will likely die if they are not watered regularly.
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