Maybe and may be

Posted by Manjusha Filed in Practical English Usage

Maybe and may be are often confused. Maybe means the same as perhaps.

Both maybe and perhaps are used to suggest that you are not certain about something.

Note that maybe is mainly used in informal contexts. In a more formal style, we use perhaps.

Maybe and may be

May be means more or less the same as could be. Note that this expression is a verb. Maybe, on the other hand, is an adverb.

Maybe can go at the beginning of the sentence. May be always goes after the subject. When you use maybe, the sentence will have another verb.

Examples are given below.

See also

Do and make
Make: special uses
Words ending in -man
May / might ...but
Maybe and may be
Misplace and displace
Much and many
Must in questions and negatives

Just, already and yet

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