maybe vs may be : Common Errors in English

About maybe vs may be

“Maybe” is an adverb meaning “perhaps,” so if you are uncertain whether to use this word or the phrase “may be,” try substituting “perhaps”: “Maybe she forgot I said I’d meet her at six o’clock” becomes “Perhaps she forgot. . . .” When the substitution makes sense, go with one word: “maybe.” When you are wondering whether you may be waiting in the wrong cafe, you’re dealing with a verb and its auxiliary: “may be.” Two words.

maybe Meaning(s)

  • (r) by chance

maybe in News

  1. Sen. Jeff Flake apologizes for teenage son's tweets

    Maybe someone needs to go back to that deserted island for a while -- by himself this time.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Washington Post

  2. Weather alert: Sunshine, heat and maybe a storm for Bradenton on Thursday

    The usual summertime daily mix of sunshine, heat and maybe a storm or two marks the weather forecast for Bradenton on Thursday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bradenton Herald

  3. Book review: 'Maybe We'll Have You Back' by Fred Stoller

    Maybe We’ll Have You Back- The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star by actor and writer Fred Stoller offers an unique and entertaining perspective of stardom. read more
    on June 12, 2013 Source:

may be in News

  1. Launch of US-EU trade talks may be hitting snag

    One of the big goals of President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Europe may be in jeopardy, with French objections threatening to hold up the launch of negotiations on a sweeping U.S.-European Union free ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Russian official: law on NGOs may be 'corrected'

    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian official has suggested a controversial law on non-governmental organizations may be "corrected."
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Altitude May Influence Language Sounds

    The lower air pressure at high altitudes may be a factor in why ejective consonants are more popular in languages spoken higher up. Sophie Bushwick reports.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Scientific American via Yahoo! News

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