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Table 2 Raw frequency of inclination adverbials from the COHA (1810–1960)

From: The factualization of ‘I suppose’ in American English: a corpus based study of the subjectification of epistemic predicates toward factuality

  1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1990 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960
maybe      1      1 2 5 1 1 1 4
perhaps 1 1   1 2 3 1 2 2 3 1 3 1   2 2
probably     1   2     1 1 1    2 2
likely    1    4     1 1 2