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    Default He probably did/He may well have don

    Hello.

    I am working on my spoken English and as I was listening to the audio lesson I heard this,
    'Did he eat candy? Yes, he probably ate candy.' and I then the construction of 'may well' meaning 'probably' came to my mind and I applied it in this context. So I got,
    'Did he eat candy? Yes, he may well have eaten candy.'

    Is that correct? Does that sound natural?
    Is that standard English or is that BrE?
    Being non-native speaker, should I avoid this construction or use it?

    Thanks, Alex.
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    Default Re: He probably did/He may well have don

    'Did he eat candy? Yes, he may as well have eaten candy.'

    'May' well' and 'may as well' mean different things. You want 'may well' here.

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    Default Re: He probably did/He may well have don

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Did he eat candy? Yes, he may as well have eaten candy.'
    'May' well' and 'may as well' mean different things. You want 'may well' here.
    Sorry, corrected.

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