perhaps

[ per-haps ]
/ pərˈhæps /

adverb

maybe; possibly: Perhaps the package will arrive today.

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In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.

Origin of perhaps

1520–30; earlier perhappes, perhapis by haps. See per, hap1, -s1
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British Dictionary definitions for perhaps

perhaps
/ (pəˈhæps, informal præps) /

adverb

  1. possibly; maybe
  2. (as sentence modifier)he'll arrive tomorrow, perhaps; perhaps you'll see him tomorrow

sentence substitute

it may happen, be so, etc; maybe

Word Origin for perhaps

C16 perhappes, from per by + happes chance, hap 1
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