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    Question Dilemma of using some grammatical terms

    I am in a deep confusion about when to use "perhaps, probably, maybe, and might be" can anyone elaborate each of the terms specifically so I could be able to use the right ones at the right place..

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    Re: Dilemma of using some grammatical terms

    What's confusing you?

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    Re: Dilemma of using some grammatical terms

    the above all possibly confused terms, that I mentioned makes me confuse always when I try using them, I get puzzled up every time I use them

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    Re: Dilemma of using some grammatical terms

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/ http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/
    Consult the dictionaries, read the definitions and examples, and then give examples by yourself, on which the teachers here will comment.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Dilemma of using some grammatical terms

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Akhilsingh:


    One of my secondary school teachers (in the 1950s!) told me something that I have never forgotten: If I look for a particular word, I will find it when I am reading a book, newspaper, etc. (Or I will hear it in a movie, on TV, or on the radio.)

    On Monday, for example, tell yourself that you are going to look / listen for the word "probably." You will probably find / hear that word once or even more times. You can then copy the sentence(s) in your notebook.

    On Tuesday, for example, tell yourself to find "perhaps." And do the same thing. (You will then begin to learn how native speakers use those words.)

    Please remember: there is a BIG difference between "may be" and "maybe":

    1. "There may / might be a big rainstorm tonight." (If you use "may," the possibility is a little stronger than if you use "might": "Many people think that the next president of the United States of America may be a woman.")

    2. James asks: "Will there be a big rainstorm tonight?" ***** Mona answers: "Who knows? Maybe! / Perhaps! / Possibly!"

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    Re: Dilemma of using some grammatical terms

    Thank you so much, this was really helpful

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    Re: Dilemma of using some grammatical terms

    Akhilsingh, your clicking on the 'Thank' button has already obviated the need for a new post saying 'Thank you', such is one of the many unwritten rules on this forum.

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    Re: Dilemma of using some grammatical terms

    Note that you should have asked us to elaborate on those terms, not elaborate them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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