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    might have well been close to may have been?

    1)"They might have been told about this a couble of days ago."

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    2)"They might have well been told about this a couple of days ago." (might well have been told???)

    Does the second sentence carry more probability than the first one?

    Would it be close in meaning "They may have been tald about this a couple of days ago."?

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    Re: might have well been close to may have been?

    They might have been told - maybe they were
    They might well have been told - A stronger "maybe"
    They might have well been told -
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: might have well been close to may have been?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    They might have been told - maybe they were
    They might well have been told - A stronger "maybe"
    They might have well been told -
    "might well have been" would be close in meaning to "may have been"?
    Last edited by ostap77; 30-Nov-2010 at 13:05.

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    Re: might have well been close to may have been?

    I'm one of the people who doesn't feel a strong difference between might and may in this. They might well have been = they may well have been = it's reasonably likely that they were.

    I know others feel a strong difference between might and may.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: might have well been close to may have been?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm one of the people who doesn't feel a strong difference between might and may in this. They might well have been = they may well have been = it's reasonably likely that they were.

    I know others feel a strong difference between might and may.
    I'm one of those who does feel a difference between 'may' and 'might', but this difference appears to disappear with 'well' - for me at least.

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