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"Heute würde wohl kaum noch jemand diese Meinung öffentlich vertreten."

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Is "wohl kaum" an idiom here? Or is "wohl" a model particle?

March 3, 2013

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Two answers, actually:

1) It's a fixed expression. "wohl kaum" roughly equals "hardly likely" or "unlikely". It's hardly likely [you shouldn't assume that] I will win – Ich werde wohl kaum gewinnen.

2) In this case it's different though. 'kaum' belongs to 'noch jemand' – "kaum noch jemand", hardly anyone. Wohl is a modal then, which should and could be translated to probably or arguably.

March 3, 2013

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Thank you. That makes more sense.

March 3, 2013
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