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hirashin

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Dear native speakers of English,
please help me.
Which would be used?
(a) He may well study all night long.
(b) He might well study all night long.
(c) He could well study all night long.
(d) He will probably study all night long.
(e) It's probable that he will study all night long.

Thanks in advance.
Hirashin
 

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I've only heard D and E, but I've heard and used some expressions slightly different to A-C:

"He may very well study all night long."
"He might very well study all night long."
"He could very well study all night long."

I don't know if it's an actual error or just a dialectal thing.
 

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Thanks for the help, Julimaruchan.

Is there a difference in meaning between the three sentences you've given?
 

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They're all the same. They are neutral as to the probability of him studying all night long.
 

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Thanks for the help, Julimaruchan.
 
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