Perhaps , recognized by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) as synonymous perhaps , is an adverb of doubt that suggests the chance that what he mentions is true or happens .

This means that what the adverb refers to is perhapsnot a certainty, but part of the terrain of the possible or probable . For example: if a man tells a friend that "perhaps next year" he will travel to Europe , he will be referring to maybe going on vacation to the European continent, without this plan being confirmed.

The adverb may mention, on the other hand, a doubt or a concern . "Maybe I was wrong not to tell you what was happening" is a phrase that can be said by someone who is not sure about the correctness of their actions.

The inclusion of the term perhaps , in short, serves to clarify that what is expressed can be true or not . It is not the same to say "I am going to give up work" that "Maybe I give up work" .

It is worth mentioning that, although the Royal Spanish Academy prefers the use of perhaps over maybe , both terms are officially recognized. This happens with many other words, which have an equivalent with some minimal difference at the orthographic level, such as a tilde or a letter of more. The inclusion of the final "s" for the formation of perhaps was carried out by analogy with other adverbs that also end in that letter. It is important to remember that both carry accents, since they are sharp ending in vowel and "s", respectively.

The use of this term is very common in everyday speech, both in professional circles and in informal conversations; Although it is expected that among people with technical knowledge of a particular subject speak with certainty , it is impossible to be sure of everything that is mentioned, so it is natural to resort to the adverb perhaps to highlight that we contemplate the lack of precision of our words .

In everyday speech, on the other hand, its use is less condemned than in conversations between specialists, since the topics to be discussed are usually less committed; For example, when he says "maybe I'll take the clothes to the cleaners," nobody puts someone else's life at risk, while "maybe I should refer my patient to Dr. Suárez" she talks about a lack of security regarding the effectiveness with the that a doctor could treat a patient, so it is very important that you make the right decision .

Abusing this term in communication is typical of people who are insecure of themselves, and in such cases it is normal for doubts to reach absurd limits, in which their own tastes and preferences are questioned . For example, when faced with a question such as "Do you prefer action movies to horror films?" , A direct response or an explanation is expected in which the speaker understands the proportion of the audience that enjoys each genre; however, an insecure individual may respond "Maybe" , something that demonstrates their fear to externalize their true feelings.

Several works of art include this notion in their title . The most famous is probably "Maybe, perhaps, perhaps" , a musical theme created by Osvaldo Ferrés . The Cuban musician presented this song in 1947, which later had multiple versions.

"Perhaps" is also the title of an album by Spanish artist Enrique Iglesias(released in 2002 ) and a song that Toby Love played with Yuridia(presented in 2011 ). The Mexican Paulina Rubio , meanwhile, sings a songcalled "Maybe, maybe . "

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