Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17
  1. #1
    david11's Avatar
    david11 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    588
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default May of - may because of.

    All of these should help firms in the present difficult climate. It is perhaps surprising that Mr Lamont did not do something to stop the iniquitous practice of large firms delaying due payments to small firms, which has put may of the latter into serious difficulty.

    Does may of in the above paragraph mean same as may because of?

    And what does may of generally mean?

  2. #2
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    It's a typo; 'may' should be 'many'.

  3. #3
    david11's Avatar
    david11 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    588
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    It is an example from British National Corpus (BYU-BNC).


    What about this sentence?

    John Smith may of necessity have toured the prawn cocktail circuit of the City but he represents those parts of the UK deeply suspicious of its working.

  4. #4
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    It is an example from British National Corpus (BYU-BNC).
    It's still a typo.

    What about this sentence?

    John Smith may (of necessity) have toured the prawn cocktail circuit of the City but he represents those parts of the UK deeply suspicious of its working.
    of necessity - definition and meaning

  5. #5
    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    14,147
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    The of goes with necessity - not with may.

    Leave out of necessity for a moment:

    'John Smith may have toured the prawn cocktail circuit. . .'

    It was necessary for him to tour the circuit, so he did it of necessity.

    So: 'John Smith may of necessity have toured. . . '

    Rover

  6. #6
    david11's Avatar
    david11 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    588
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Then doesn't the combination of may and of exist at all?(other than may of this year..)


    Because I see lots of sentence with them?


    For example: Again the countryside suffered with the closure of rural lines, may of which were in Wales. The Central Wales Line survived, only to face a further closure proposal in 1967 and its second reprieve in 1969.
    Last edited by david11; 04-Feb-2012 at 09:34.

  7. #7
    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    14,147
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Then doesn't the combination of may and of exist at all?(other than May of this year..) No.


    Because I see lots of sentence with them? I can't say that I do.


    For example: 'Again the countryside suffered with the closure of rural lines, may of which were in Wales. The Central Wales Line survived, only to face a further closure proposal in 1967 and its second reprieve in 1969.' That's another typo of many.


    Rover

  8. #8
    david11's Avatar
    david11 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    588
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    What about use of may of in this example?


    Oral bioavailability may of these drugs by any other route of administration is be described as the fraction of the total oral dose for usually pointless, unless there is some highly which systemic exposure is achieved.

  9. #9
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    What about use of may of in this example?


    Oral bioavailability may of these drugs by any other route of administration is be described as the fraction of the total oral dose for usually pointless, unless there is some highly which systemic exposure is achieved.
    It makes no sense. It sounds like a machine translation.

  10. #10
    david11's Avatar
    david11 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    588
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It makes no sense. It sounds like a machine translation.
    Then please give an example sentence using may of.(other than may of this year)

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •