Difference Between MAY BE and MAYBE

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maybe vs may be

MAYBE

1. Maybe is an adverb, and it means ‘perhaps’. It’s written as one word.

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Examples:

  • Maybe they went to the movies. 

2.We also use maybe to express uncertainty:

  • Would you like some pancakes for breakfast?
  • Maybe. I’m still deciding whether I want pancakes or toast. 

 

MAY BE

1. May be – here may is a modal verb and be is a main or auxiliary verb. May and be are two separate words.

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Examples:

  • There may be rain tonight.
  • She may be waiting at the train station. 

 

2. We usually have an adjective, a noun or a verb (in ING form) after may be:

  • He may be handsome. 
  • She may be a mathematician. 
  • John may be driving too fast. 

Remember:

MAYBE – adverb (one word)

MAY BE – modal + main/auxiliary verb (two words)

I hope it makes sense now 🙂

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