Student or Learner
what is the difference between "perhaps" "maybe" "probably" and "likely"?
Perhaps and maybe denote a degree of uncertainty and are used when the speaker has some reservations of occurrence of the event.
Maybe is also used as a form of politeness when instructing another to carry out a task. Perhaps is also used with an afterthought after the event has occurred
On the other hand 'probably' and likely'' indicate a degree of certainty.
Perhaps it may rain today
( not sure)
It will probably rain today
It is likely to rain today
( more sure)
Maybe it will rain today
( not so sure)
See this one
Maybe, you should carry an umbrella
( I suggest you carry an umbrella !)
And this one
Perhaps, we should have turned the other way
English usage is generally about what sounds best or is most appropriate