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1) In the way I was using the word "hypothetical" here, it means imagined rather than actual, regardless of how likely or unlikely something is deemed to be. In general usage, the degree of likelihood may be implied by context.

Is the "may" replaceable by "can"? For example in active voice:

In general usage, context may/can imply the degree of likelihood.

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1) In the way I was using the word "hypothetical" here, it means imagined rather than actual, regardless of how likely or unlikely something is deemed to be. In general usage, the degree of likelihood may be implied by context.

Is the "may" replaceable by "can"? For example in active voice:

In general usage, context may/can imply the degree of likelihood.

Hi, Language learner—You seem to be quoting something. Please make sure to cite the source of any quotations you use on this site.

Yes, "may" and "can" are interchangeable in that sentence. Both modals indicate possibility there, no matter whether the sentence is active or passive.

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