An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (perhaps)
a. posiblemente
I will possibly arrive late, so you can start without me.Posiblemente llegue tarde, así que podéis empezar sin mí.
b. quizás
Are you going to the game tomorrow? - Possibly.¿Vas a ir al partido mañana? - Quizás.
c. puede que
I'm pretty sure he is coming, possibly with his girlfriend.Estoy seguro de que va a venir, puede que con su novia.
2. (indicating shock or emphasis)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
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How could I possibly have done it with you watching me the whole time?¿Cómo iba a hacerlo si me estabas observando todo el tiempo?
They could not have possibly helped him; they are very poor.No podrían haberlo ayudado; son muy pobres.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (perhaps)
a. posiblemente
will you go? — possibly¿irás? — puede or quizá
possibly notpuede que no
2. (for emphasis)
I can't possibly do itme resulta de todo punto imposible hacerlo
I'll do all I possibly canharé todo lo que esté en mi mano
how could you possibly do such a thing?¿cómo se te ocurrió hacer semejante cosa?
possibly [ˈpɒsəblɪ]
1 (feasibly, conceivably)
if I possibly can si me es posible; si puedo; I go as often as I possibly can voy siempre que puedo; voy lo más a menudo posible; how can I possibly come tomorrow? ¿cómo voy a poder venir mañana?; could you possibly come another day? ¿le sería posible venir otro día?; ¿podría venir otro día?; I can't possibly eat all this me es totalmente imposible comer todo esto; I couldn't possibly allow it de ninguna manera lo voy a permitir; it can't possibly be true! ¡no puede ser verdad!; she will do everything she possibly can to help you hará todo lo que esté en su mano or todo lo que pueda para ayudarte; he never does it if he can possibly help it siempre que puede evitarlo lo evita
I cannot possibly do it nobody could possibly tell the difference
2 (perhaps)
"will you be able to come?" — "possibly" —¿podrás venir? —es posible or —puede que sí; possibly not puede que no; of the 200 who apply, possibly five may be accepted de los 200 solicitantes, tal vez se elija a cinco
possibly they've gone already it was possibly his best ever performance
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