....might perhaps say...

Tan Elaine

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If you ask non-Christian friends, “Do you believe there is hell in the next world?” they might perhaps say, “I don’t know."

The above are my own sentences.

Is 'perhaps' redundant?

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"Perhaps" is redundant. The use of "might" suffices.

I don't find the question very natural with "in the next world". Wouldn't they just ask "Do you believe hell/Hell exists?"?
 
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It's redundant, but it's the kind of thing you will hear people using when they want to suggest a very small chance.
 
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