May/might/could well

What"s the difference between may and may well in following sentences? Besides, which sentence says it is more likely lớn rain?

It may rain.It may well rain.
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It may rain.

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This means that rain is a possibility; it may happen or it may not.

It may well rain.

This means that rain is a possibility, & that the speaker thinks that there is good reason for it to lớn occur.

For example:

You"d better bring an umbrella; it may well rain today.

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Dictionary references:

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:

may well 10b. in all likelihood: indeed it may well be true

Cambridge Dictionaries Online:

may well If you say that something may well happen, you mean that it is likely lớn happen: She may well not want khổng lồ travel alone.


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