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    Is there any difference in the meaning among "May" and "Maybe" and "Perhaps"?

    1.He may now be ready to sanction the use of force.
    2.Maybe he is now ready to saction the use of force.
    3.Perhaps he is now ready to saction the use of force.

    I think these three sentences above are all same in the meaning, though sentence 3 would be never used in conversation.
    Am I right?

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    Re: Is there any difference in the meaning among "May" and "Maybe" and "Perhaps"?

    "Sanction"

    In informal conversation, I would naturally put "now" at the end of the sentences.

    In this context, the words mean the same thing, but in other contexts, "may" has some other meanings.

    You can say "perhaps" in conversation if you like. We use "maybe" more, though.

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    Re: Is there any difference in the meaning among "May" and "Maybe" and "Perhaps"?

    Quote Originally Posted by a_vee View Post
    You can say "perhaps" in conversation if you like. We use "maybe" more, though.
    I assume that by 'we' you mean speakers of AmE. 'Perhaps' is fine in BrE.

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