|The common words "maybe" and "perhaps" means the following :|
---> that something is possible or that something might be true.
Example:Maybe I can get the yard mowed before it rains. There were approximately 55 people there when I left. ( You can say, " Perhaps I can get the yard mowed before it rains. There were approximately 55 people there when I left.It means the same.")
|---> used to avoid giving a clear or certain answer to a question|
Example:Are you still going to join the singing contest? "Maybe."
You can also say, " Are you still going to join the singing contest? Perhaps.It means the same."
|---> it can also be used to introduce a possible explanation|
Example: I thought maybe my phone messages had scared him off.You can say, I thought perhaps my phone messages had scared him off.
(The phone messages that he received were not good that's why he was scared. )
|In British English the word "perhaps" is pronounced as /praps/.|
|"Hope" means to want something to happen or to be true.|
---> I hope, we usually use a present tense with a future meaning.
ExampleI hope Karen comes to work. You can also say, I hope Karen will come to work. It means the same.
|--->We put "not" with the verb that comes after hope in negative sentences.|
ExampleI hope Gary does not mess up the celebration. ( We do not say: I don't hope Gary mess up the celebration.)
|--->Special Uses of Past Tenses :|
1. To introduce a polite request , we can use the phrase " I was hoping."
ExampleI was hoping you can accompany me to the clinic later today.
|2. Hopes for things that did not happen , We can use " I had hoped."|
ExampleI had hoped that my parents didn't work abroad and left us, but they did.
|Hopefully means full of hope or hoping .|
ExampleTheir father said they were not allowed to have a puppy until they were older but we saw them sitting hopefully outside the pet shop.
|We commonly use hopefully in the previous position to say what we wish for or would like to happen.|
ExampleHopefully, the economic problems in the country will not get any worse.
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