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    Default Do you feel anything wrong in this sentence?

    "All in all, going to the west maybe brings more benefits"
    Do you think the sentence above is right in terms of grammar or according to your habit of speech?
    Thanks for your help in advance!

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    Default Re: Do you feel anything wrong in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    "All in all, going to the west maybe brings may bring more benefits"
    not a teacher
    The word 'maybe' is wrongly used.

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    Default Re: Do you feel anything wrong in this sentence?

    Not a teacher.
    I think your sentence should be:
    "All in all going to the west may bring more benefits"

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    Default Re: Do you feel anything wrong in this sentence?

    I think this will be closer to the meaning meant:

    "All in all, maybe going to the west brings more benefits."

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    Default Re: Do you feel anything wrong in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    "All in all, going to the west maybe brings more benefits"
    Do you think the sentence above is right in terms of grammar or according to your habit of speech?
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    ***** NOT A TEACHER ****

    Good morning.

    (1) If you are referring to the United States and Europe, most people would definitely capitalize "West."

    (2) Your use of "going to the West" can be interpreted in two ways:

    (a) Do you mean: the benefits of leaving China and moving to the West.

    (i) Then maybe something like: I shall miss my country, but moving to the West will, overall/ all in all, be more beneficial.

    (b) Or do you mean: your country's adoption of Western ways will bring more benefits.

    (i) Then maybe something like: All in all/ In the long run, adopting the ways of the West/adopting Western ideas will be very beneficial to my country.

    Have a nice day!

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    Default Re: Do you feel anything wrong in this sentence?

    Thanks for the above replies. In fact, what I doubt about this sentence is just the position of "maybe" . But it seems those who hold the same view are not native speakers, which makes me still feel unsure about the sentence. And the only native directs his attetion to the word "west". The "west" in my sentence refers to the west of China (or rather Tibet). So I am waiting for more help! Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Do you feel anything wrong in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    "All in all, going to the west maybe brings more benefits"
    Do you think the sentence above is right in terms of grammar or according to your habit of speech?
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    I'm not a teacher, but maybe this is what you intended:

    All in all, going to the west might bring more benefits.


    I hope that was helpful.

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    Default Re: Do you feel anything wrong in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Davis View Post
    I'm not a teacher, but maybe this is what you intended:

    All in all, going to the west might bring more benefits.

    I hope that was helpful.

    Does it mean that you think it is wrong to use "maybe" in this way in the sentence I gave above?

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    Default Re: Do you feel anything wrong in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Does it mean that you think it is wrong to use "maybe" in this way in the sentence I gave above?
    Actually, I'm not so sure. I agree with the others that there are more graceful ways to say this, but is it, in fact, grammatically incorrect? After all, if we replaced "maybe" with "perhaps" I doubt that we would be having as much trouble with it.
    "All in all, going to the West perhaps brings more benefits."

    If that sentence is acceptable, does the use of "maybe" make it incorrect? I personally don't think so, but I hope that others will share their opinion on this.

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    Default Re: Do you feel anything wrong in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Does it mean that you think it is wrong to use "maybe" in this way in the sentence I gave above?

    Well, maybe is an adverb, and adverbs do modify verbs, but the sentence doesn't sound natural to me. However, I do think it is grammatically correct. I would say that it is right, but it sounds wrong.

    Might | Define Might at Dictionary.com

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