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    #1

    I may be wrong / I may well be wrong

    Someone explained about something to me. I have a different opinion, but I don't want to offend him.
    Which should I say? Which means more probable that I'm wrong?

    1. I may be wrong, but ...
    2. I may well be wrong, but ...

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    #2

    Re: I may be wrong / I may well be wrong

    They both mean the same to me.

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    #3

    Re: I may be wrong / I may well be wrong

    Can 'I beg to differ' be used as an alternative?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: I may be wrong / I may well be wrong

    I am not a teacher.

    They are more or less the same, but I think 'I may well be wrong' indicates that your being wrong is slightly more probable than in the version without 'well'.

    'I beg to differ' means I disagree.

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    #5

    Re: I may be wrong / I may well be wrong

    While the meanings are similar. the stress changes: 'I may be wrong' versus 'I may well be wrong'. It sounds strange if you say the 'well' version without stressing well.

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    Re: I may be wrong / I may well be wrong

    I would use the well version to express a greater probability of my being wrong.

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