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  1. Er hat wohl Recht über die Zu-Wortstellung.
    He is probably right about the zu-construction.

  2. Wo ging er hin? - Er ging wahrscheinlich in die Kneipe, um einen heben.
    Where did he go? - He probably went to the pub to have a drink.

Can I use wahrscheinlich instead of wohl?
Are "wohl" and "wahrscheinlich" interchangeable?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Yea, wohl can be used that way, also according to Duden. Personally, I'd say wohl is more colloquial here.

Side note: It must be

Er ging wahrscheinlich in die Kneipe, um einen zu heben.

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Fully agreeing to PMF's answer I'd like to add that those two words are not synonyms in the common sense.

Although they are exchangeable in the context given by the OP, they are not anymore if used with the adverb sehr.

As sehr wahrscheinlich means what expected, that is most probably, so still not really sure, using sehr wohl simply means sure in an achknowleding sense.

So sehr wahrscheinlich and sehr wohl are not the same.

Er ging sehr wahrscheinlich in die Kneipe, ...

He most probably went to the pub, ...


Er ging sehr wohl in die Kneipe, ...

He did go to the pub, ...

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