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What is the difference between:Perhaps, Maybe and Probably ?

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Jocelyn's answer is very good.

Here's my answer:

Perhaps means maybe.

Maybe means perhaps.

How do you like my answer so far? :)

Maybe and perhaps are synonyms.

Both mean that there is a chance (something is possible / could happen / might happen).

'Probably' means that there is a high or low chance that something will happen or will be true or ... Probabilities can be calculated mathematically.

For example - What is the probability that A, B or C will happen?

Probability of A happening = 10% (0.10)

Probability of B happening = 11% (0.11)

Probability of C happening = 79% (0.79)

So we can say that C has the highest probability of happening.

In English, when we talk about tomorrow's weather we talk about the probability of precipitation (rain or snow) (POP/PoP). It is usually expressed (written or spoken) (expressed means described) in mathematical terms, e.g. There is an X% probability (or chance) that it will rain tomorrow.

I can't believe it - I actually remembered something from all those math classes I took many years ago :)

Here's my answer:

Perhaps means maybe.

Maybe means perhaps.

How do you like my answer so far? :)

Maybe and perhaps are synonyms.

Both mean that there is a chance (something is possible / could happen / might happen).

'Probably' means that there is a high or low chance that something will happen or will be true or ... Probabilities can be calculated mathematically.

For example - What is the probability that A, B or C will happen?

Probability of A happening = 10% (0.10)

Probability of B happening = 11% (0.11)

Probability of C happening = 79% (0.79)

So we can say that C has the highest probability of happening.

In English, when we talk about tomorrow's weather we talk about the probability of precipitation (rain or snow) (POP/PoP). It is usually expressed (written or spoken) (expressed means described) in mathematical terms, e.g. There is an X% probability (or chance) that it will rain tomorrow.

I can't believe it - I actually remembered something from all those math classes I took many years ago :)

And maybe means an uncertain reply, lets say only 50% probability of visiting the person.

Perhaps and Probably seem like the probability is a little bit more than 50%.

Am I correct???

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