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Since the "hap" in "perhaps" means something like "chance, luck, fate," as does the "hap" in "happen" and the "hap" in "happy," I guess I think of "perhaps" as having to do with what might "happen" and "maybe" as having to do with what "may be" so, i.e., already is so.

Example:

"Maybe the suitcase is in the car." (It may be the case that the suitcase is in the car.)

"Perhaps the picnic will be rained out." (Through fate -- per haps -- the picnic will be rained out.)

Whether there's historic usage in support of that distinction, I don't know.

Again:

Perhaps = per haps = through fate

Maybe = may be = it may be

Since the "hap" in "perhaps" means something like "chance, luck, fate," as does the "hap" in "happen" and the "hap" in "happy," I guess I think of "perhaps" as having to do with what might "happen" and "maybe" having to do with what "may be" so, i.e., already is so.

Example:

"Maybe the suitcase is in the car." (It may be the case that the suitcase is in the car.)

"Perhaps the picnic will be rained out." (Through fate -- per haps -- the picnic will be rained out.

Whether there's historic usage in support of that distinction, I don't know.

Again:

Perhaps = per haps = through fate

Maybe = may be = it may be

Since the "hap" in "perhaps" means something like "chance, luck, fate," as does the "hap" in "happen" and the "hap" in "happy," I guess I think of "perhaps" as having to do with what might "happen" and "maybe" as having to do with what "may be" so, i.e., already is so.

Example:

"Maybe the suitcase is in the car." (It may be the case that the suitcase is in the car.)

"Perhaps the picnic will be rained out." (Through fate -- per haps -- the picnic will be rained out.)

Whether there's historic usage in support of that distinction, I don't know.

Again:

Perhaps = per haps = through fate

Maybe = may be = it may be

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Since the "hap" in "perhaps" means something like "chance, luck, fate," as does the "hap" in "happen" and the "hap" in "happy," I guess I think of "perhaps" as having to do with what might "happen" and "maybe" having to do with what "may be" so, i.e., already is so.

Example:

"Maybe the suitcase is in the car." (It may be the case that the suitcase is in the car.)

"Perhaps the picnic will be rained out." (Through fate -- per haps -- the picnic will be rained out.

Whether there's historic usage in support of that distinction, I don't know.

Again:

Perhaps = per haps = through fate

Maybe = may be = it may be