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.


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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