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    perhaps vs possible

    Hello everyone,
    Could you please help me? I can't get the difference in usage between 'perhaps' and 'possible completely.
    I found something which answers that question but I'm still not very clear about it. So here it goes:
    What would you consider is 'rare' by chance? So we would use perhaps and not possibly?

    In context|rare|lang=en terms the difference between perhaps and possible is that perhaps is (rare) by chance
    while
    possible is (rare) a particular event that may happen.
    Do you agree?
    It is possible there is a bear= a particular event may happen= so it's better to use possible here?

    What would you consider is 'rare' by chance? So we would use perhaps and not possibly?
    Could you give me examples of the sentences?

    Thank you in advance

    Last edited by elenah; 04-Aug-2016 at 15:28. Reason: bad lay out

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    Re: perhaps vs possible

    The main difference is that perhaps is an adverb and possible is an adjective.

    I see no significant difference in meaning between perhaps and possibly, or between these three sentences:


    It is possible that there is a bear in that wood.
    Perhaps there is a bear in that wood.
    There is possibly a bear in that wood.
    Last edited by Piscean; 04-Aug-2016 at 17:49. Reason: typo

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