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Re: Perhaps and maybe.

Posted by Bob on May 12, 2001

In Reply to: Perhaps and maybe. posted by Lok on May 12, 2001

: When to use perhaps and maybe, could they be interhchaged?

They're almost interchangeable. (There are scholars who insist English has no exact synonyms. None.) A child would be more likely to use Maybe, less likely to use Perhaps, perhaps because the root words May Be seem so accessible, intuitive, and immediate. Maybe is a "simpler" word. Perhaps.