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may have and simple past

Post by castaway » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:09 pm

If I assume someone asked a question to someone, do I say like?:

He may have asked,"....."

or just

He probably asked."...."

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Re: may have and simple past

Post by Joe » Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:03 am

castaway wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:09 pm
If I assume someone asked a question to someone, do I say like?:

1. He may have asked,"....."

or just

2. He probably asked."...."
Both are possible but #2 is more subjective because "probably" suggests that you think it is likely. Other, less subjective ways would be:

He possibly asked
Perhaps he asked

These two are similar to #1.
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