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Perhaps and maybe have the same meaning. Perhaps is more formal than maybe.

Perhaps is used to suggest that you are not certain about something.

Perhaps is also used when you are simply guessing a number or an amount.

Perhaps in polite requests

Perhaps is often used to make a suggestion or a request sound more polite.

See also

Pain and ache: difference
Play and game
Point of view
Primary auxiliaries
Prize and price
Provide or provide with
Provided that

See also

Of course
On time and in time
Ought to have + past participle
Overlook and look over: difference
Owing to, due to, because of and on account of

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