1. Maybe is an adverb, and it means ‘perhaps’. It’s written as one word.
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- 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.
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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- 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.
MAYBE – adverb (one word)
MAY BE – modal + main/auxiliary verb (two words)
I hope it makes sense now 🙂