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It wasn't as if he didn't work just as hard as I did --- more so, probably.

It's just an example sentence I quoted from a dictionary. I know the definition of "more so" but does more so in this case means that he worked even harder than me?

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  • The speaker suspects that he does.
    – Mick
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 2:15
  • @Mick - I do not understand your comment. Too sophisticated for me, I expect.
    – J. Doe
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 14:33
  • Please provide the dictionary definition that accompanied the example, along with some clue about where your confusion lies.
    – J. Doe
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 14:34

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...does more so in this case means that he worked even harder than me?

Yes, but the word probably is important here. The speaker isn't certain that the other person works harder. The speaker is guessing about that. However, the speaker is certain that at least they worked equally hard.

This kind of sentence might be used when another coworker received a promotion and you didn't.

"I thought I deserved the promotion more than him. It wasn't as if he didn't work just as hard as I did --- more so, probably. However, many customers complained about his rudeness and he was often late to work."

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The probably in the end is modifying the more so. Meaning that the writer is only assuming that the person in the sentence is working more than her.

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  • I don't think the probably is what the question is about.
    – J. Doe
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 14:32

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