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Grammar Lesson: maybe v. may be

Maybe is an adverb that means “perhaps”.

A: “Do you want to see a movie tonight?”

B:Maybe. What do you want to see?”

A little trick to help: replace maybe with perhaps and see if it still works…

A: “Are you going out tonight?”

B:Perhaps. I’ll see how tired I am later.”

If this sounds OK, then maybe is correct!

May be is a modal verb + infinitive.

Lisa may be the wrong person for the position. Do you think she has enough experience?

I am busy tonight, but I may be able to help you in the morning.

You can also use might be in these sentences.

So, maybe try using may be in a sentence today!

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