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Difference between possibly and probably #1 (permalink) Tue Feb 07, 2006 4:54 am   Difference between possibly and probably
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #61 "Chit Chat: In the supermarket", question 2

Old lady: Yes. I wonder if you could ......... help me, young man.

(a) probably
(b) likely
(c) possibly
(d) easily

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #61 "Chit Chat: In the supermarket", answer 2

Old lady: Yes. I wonder if you could possibly help me, young man.

Correct answer: (c) possibly

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Sir, what is the difference between possibly and probably?

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Possibly vs. probably #2 (permalink) Tue Feb 07, 2006 12:50 pm   Possibly vs. probably
 

Dear learner,
Possibly means "by chance, in some way" and probably means "most likely, maybe".
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Possibly/probably #3 (permalink) Fri Feb 10, 2006 10:46 am   Possibly/probably
 

Hi Learner from China,

Possibly used in this sentence is a way of showing that you are polite: Can you possibly help me suggests I hope it will be possible for you to help me. Help me on its own suggests a direct remark and is not so polite.

Probably is used to show that something may happen. It will probably rain tomorrow indicates that there is a chance that it will rain but it isn't definite.

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Possibly/probably #4 (permalink) Fri Feb 29, 2008 17:12 pm   Possibly/probably
 

Very good explain, thanks.
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Difference between possibly and probably #5 (permalink) Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:16 am   Difference between possibly and probably
 

nice explanation as usual

thanks Mr. Alan

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Difference between possibly and probably #6 (permalink) Sun Apr 15, 2012 18:05 pm   Difference between possibly and probably
 

Mr.Alan
very good explanation.
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Difference between possibly and probably #7 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 15:48 pm   Difference between possibly and probably
 

Good afternom, Alan. I scored 08 questions in first attempt. This exercise is very useful, but I need your help in other matter. I do not understand the colocation of preposition at the end of a phrase. Is it a way to learn it efficiently. "For example: "I come with great optimism that this treatment will have the effects we hope for". Thanks in advanced.
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