How to Use "可能(kě néng)" and "也许(yě xǔ)"

How to Use "可能(kě néng)" and "也许(yě xǔ)"
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How to Use "可能(kě néng)" and "也许(yě xǔ)"
Teacher : Jenie Cao

When we put them before the verb in a sentence, it means “to speculate about” or “to estimate”something.

可能is more certain than 也许and we can add an adverb of degree (程度副词) before可能to speculate or estimate in a more certain way.

There are two different ways to make negative sentences, one of which is to add 不 or 没有 after 可能 and 也许.

The second type of usage in a negative sentence is to put 不 or 没有 before 可能.

Another point is that 可能can be used as a noun.

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