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Please have a look at this:
It will.... rain later so we should go and have our picnic now
-> The answer is a, then why not b? what's the difference between "likely", "probably" and "possibly"?
'possibly' is equivalent to 'could' so though it is also pooooossible here, it doesn't suggest the same strength as the other two.
It will.... rain later so we should go and have our picnic NOW
What's the urgency? Because it's probable it will rain. Couple this with 'will' and not 'could'
compare something like:
It might be an idea to have our picnic soon because it could possibly rain later on.
Seems to be a pond difference.
likely - definition of likely by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
Usage Note: Used as an adverb likely is most commonly preceded by a modifier such as very or quite: He will quite likely require some help with his classes. But the unmodified use of likely is common enough in educated writing, and though it might be better avoided in highly formal style, it should not be regarded as incorrect: They'll likely buy a new car this year. See Usage Note at liable.
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