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  • It is likely to happen.
  • It is likely that that happen.

Which sentence is correct? Because, in French, we say, "Il est probable que cela se produise", and, in English, "que" and "cela" are both "that".

Therefore, it looks repetitive to me.

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It /this is likely to happen.

Perfectly correct.

For your second sentence you can avoid repetition very simply:

It is likely that this will happen.

However, the second use is less idiomatic.

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    However, the subjunctive is not used after "it is likely that", so the OP's second example is not good English.
    – Rosie F
    Dec 23 '20 at 11:22
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    That it is likely that that should be used repetitively is the problem with that writer, not that word.
    – Ram Pillai
    Dec 23 '20 at 11:22
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    I think the second sentence would be standard English actually if likely is replaced with wished, for then the subjunctive comes into play.
    – user405662
    Dec 23 '20 at 11:54
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    Yes, I agree with all comments. Since you have indicated this in your comments, would it be okay not to edit my answer?
    – fev
    Dec 23 '20 at 11:56
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Both sentences are correct, provided you add an s; however they do not mean the same thing.

  • It is likely to happen.
  • It is likely that this/that happens. (ref. 1, ref. 2)

In the first sentence you are making a judgement on the possibility of it happening in the future.
In the second, because you are using the state present, you are making a judgement on the possibility of it happening over a period of time that starts an indefinite time in the past, is continued in the present, and extends an indefinite time into the future.

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