quizás or quizá


How do you know when to use quizá or quizás? Does it have to do with plurals or the sentence it is being used in'

updated NOV 10, 2010
posted by Justin-Fremont

2 Answers


They are exactly the same in every respect.

quizá = quizás

They have been in the dictionary since the 18th century, but at that time "quizá" was considered to be its original form. They have both been used indifferently both formally and informally for the last two centuries, though.

They are adverbs, and as such, they don't agree in gender, number or person with anything. If used at the beginning of a sentence, both indicative and subjunctive are used (although the latter is preferred) depending on the degree of confidence. If they are used after the verb, indicative must be used.

updated SEP 11, 2017
posted by lazarus1907
What do you mean by "indicative", please?

I needed this answer today, and here it was. Thanks, Lazarus!

updated NOV 10, 2010
posted by revmaf