can probably vs. could

TommyGun

Senior Member
Hi,

How much probability do "can probably", "could", and "could probably" contain in comparison with one another (or in percents)?

The event in which example is the least probable, and in which is the most probable?

We can probably go to the cinema tonight
We could go to the cinema tonight.
We could probably go to the cinema tonight.

She can probably win the race tomorrow if she somewhat tries.
She could win the race tomorrow if she somewhat tries.
She could probably win the race tomorrow if she somewhat tries.
 
  • DocPenfro

    Senior Member
    English - British
    From least likely to most likely:

    "We could go to the cinema tonight, but the truth is I'd rather stay in and watch TV instead."
    "We could probably go to the cinema tonight, as long as I can scrape together twenty pounds and find a babysitter."
    "We can probably go to the cinema tonight. I've just got paid and I think I can persuade Dad to let me borrow the car."
     
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