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adverb perhaps pronunciation in American English /pərˈhæps/
Perhaps can be used in the following ways:
as a sentence adverb (making a comment on the whole sentence or clause): Perhaps we’ve met before.
as an ordinary adverb (before a number): He was perhaps 95.
 
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    formal used for saying that you are not certain about something, or that something may or may not be true

    I wondered if perhaps he was sick.

    It is perhaps not a good idea for a seven-year-old to use a calculator.

    1. a.
      used when you are guessing a number or amount or are not certain about it

      There were perhaps a dozen women in the audience.

      Cook the potatoes until they are tender – perhaps 15 minutes.

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    spoken used when you are making a suggestion, giving advice, or making a polite request

    Perhaps we could all go out for dinner sometime?

    You don’t look well – perhaps you should go to the doctor.

    Perhaps you can explain what went wrong?

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