Tell me please what the difference is between the following sentences.

He could possibly win the game.

He could win the game.

What is the role of possibly in the sebtence? What does that adds to the meanning?

  • You don't use "possibly" with "could" but with "couldn't" for emphasis: He couldn't possibly win the game.
    – Gustavson
    Jun 21, 2019 at 9:59
  • In my experience "possibly" could be used with either "could" or "couldn't" pretty much equally, though "might" would be more normal usage in Britain.
    – MikeB
    Jun 21, 2019 at 10:57

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In this context, "possibly" actually lends doubt to the statement, and will often be seen with emphasis of some kind, when written.

So, your first example means that there is lets say 0 to 10% chance, while the second means anything from 1% to 100%

The context and the tone of voice used will make it clearer exactly how much difference there is.

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