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    Default May be and Maybe.

    I know May be and Maybe is totally different words but what if anyone of you can expand it. 8)

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    Default Re: May be and Maybe.

    Quote Originally Posted by ProudToBeMuslim
    I know May be and Maybe is totally different words but what if anyone of you can expand it. 8)
    Maybe = perhaps.

    He may be good looking, but he's not too bright = Although he's good looking, he's stupid.

    Iain 8)

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    They are used differently. For example, you can never use "may be" as an adverb.

    "It may be" = "It could be" or "It might be" or "It's possible" or "It could possibly be"

    "Maybe it is and maybe it isn't" = "It's possible"

    "Maybe we will go to the zoo tomorrow" = "We might go to the zoo tomorrow"

    "There may be rain tomorrow" = "It might rain tomorrow"

    In no case can you exchange the one for the other.

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    Here are some more examples of the use of "maybe" and "may be".

    maybe:

    • Maybe I am, and maybe I am not.
      Maybe tomorrow.
      Maybe tonight.
      Maybe later.
      Maybe not.
      Maybe Mike did it.
      Maybe this year will be better than the last.
      Maybe love is a hopeless crime.
      Maybe you'll be sorry.
      Maybe you'll be cold.
      Maybe you'll come running back, baby.
      And maybe they'd be happy for a while.
      I'll wake there in the morning or maybe in the county jail.
      Maybe I don't know that much.
      Maybe I should drop you at your door.
      Well, maybe I'm just too sure.
      Maybe I'm just too frightened.
      Well, maybe I'll call.
      Tried to tell you but you looked at me like maybe I'm an angel underneath.
      Maybe they're seeing, something we don't, Darlin'.
      Maybe it's better this way.
      And maybe I'm too good for you.
      There's room for maybe just one more.
      Don't you think maybe we can put it on credit?
      Maybe it's better that way.
      Maybe we make a deal.
      Maybe together we can get somewhere.
      Maybe we'll make something.
      Maybe yes, maybe no.
      Or maybe you just need to treat her better.

      Songs with "maybe" in them:
      http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~harel/c...rchlyr?q=maybe


    It usually means possibly or could be. Sometimes, as in the last example, it's a suggestion.

    may be:

    • It may be that I am your father.
      Checks may be sent to: PanIP Group Defense Fund, Inc.
      McLawsuits' may be banned. Bill would bar suits against food companies for causing obesity; sedentary lifestyle called culprit.
      Dark matter may be undetectable. Super-WIMPs might hide ninety percent
      of the universe.
      Three Unixlike systems may be better than Linux SIMSON L.
      Hackers, Spammers May Be Punished as Terrorists
      If none of these options is possible, bankruptcy may be the likely alternative.
      Up to 15% of people suffer from occupational rhinitis and this number may be an underestimate because workers may not report symptoms for fear of repercussions.
      Scientists stunned to learn universe may be accelerating. ... But that might not be true," Riess said. "There may be an energy, a force, associated with a vacuum.".
      Spam agreement between US and EU may be on the way.
      Software idea may be just crazy enough to work.
      "...the decision to go further in the area of digital music -- first with a Windows version of the iPod and, by year's end, a Windows version of iTunes that will allow PC users to access the Music Store -- hints that a fundamental shift in Apple's strategy may be afoot."
      But if we want a lasting peace it may be the only option.
      SARS may be here to stay.
      It may be true.


    Interestingly, sentences with "may be" in them tend to be more serious in tone than the "maybe" sentences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Maybe Mike did it.
    Maybe this year will be better than the last.
    Maybe love is a hopeless crime.
    Maybe you'll be sorry.
    Maybe you'll come running back, baby.
    Tried to tell you but you looked at me like maybe I'm an angel underneath.
    Maybe we make a deal.
    What Mike did?
    May be! :mad:
    hmm are you a crimnal?
    If only I will do any mistake,I'll be sorry. 8)
    You call me baby. :wink:
    No I don't think you are angle. :P
    we already made a deal,you have to correct my mistakes.

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    I got all of those on the first list from a site with song lyrics. Interestingly, "maybe" lends itself to creating song lyrics, but "may be" apparently does not.

    I didn't call you baby, but I can if you want me to. :wink:

    "Maybe Mike did it" is a song lyric I got from that website. (BTW, you might want to tell tdol how to spell site. :wink: -)

    Were those examples helpful?

    :)

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    I forgot I was supposed to correct your mistakes. :wink:

    Quote Originally Posted by ProudToBeMuslim
    hmm are you a crimnal?
    No, I am not a crimnal. I am not a criminal either.

    Quote Originally Posted by ProudToBeMuslim
    If only I will do any mistake,I'll be sorry. 8)
    There are lots of things we do, but a mistake is something we make. Try: "I'll be sorry if I make any mistakes."


    Quote Originally Posted by ProudToBeMuslim
    You call me baby. :wink:
    Well, you're somebody's baby, aren't you? :wink:

    Quote Originally Posted by ProudToBeMuslim
    No I don't think you are angle. :P
    But I do have lots of angles. :wink:

    Say: "I don't think you are an angel?" (Why not? :wink: - )

    There are a lot more maybes at that website. You might find it interesting to peruse it.

    :)

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    :D

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    So, how are you doing?

    :D

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    A: Are you going to tell me what I want to know?
    B: Maybe I will and maybe I won't.

    :wink:

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