https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicholasRa573825

The use of "Maybe" in Spain

Hi guys! I'm going to Spain this summer for six weeks on a language immersion trip. As always, I'm having a hard time finding slang or common phrases that are more commonly used in Spain.

I know the different ways of saying maybe are as follow. Quizá(s), Tal vez, a lo mejor.

Are they all used commonly in Spain, or is one used more often?

If it matters, I'm going to be staying in the northern part of Spain.

Thanks!

May 8, 2017

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Balastena

As far as I can tell, you can use any of those and people will understand you. Keep in mind that there are a lot of regional variations - you will probably pick up the most common phrases when you're living here.

Just for kicks, you can add the phrases "Puede" and "Es posible" to the list - they're common too.

And don't worry too much - I'm sure you'll find a lot of people willing to speak Spanish and explain anything if necessary.

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicholasRa573825

Thanks Balastena. Yeah I think I worry too much. I'm so excited for this summer that I sometimes focus too much on the little things :)

May 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zekecoma

You can use any of them.

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Sorry, I don't know the answer to your question, but here's the Google NGrams graph of the various options :)

This reflects usage in books published in Spanish throughout the world, so it doesn't really address your question at all, but it could be interesting to compare the seemingly spoken usage you're asking about with this.

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

You can use all of them in Spain.

May 8, 2017
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