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    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    'Of' may follow 'may', as we saw in your second 'May (of necessity)' example, but there is no expression 'may of'.

    The modal perfect 'may have (+ past participle)' is often pronounced as /meɪəv/. As this sounds the same as 'may of' would, if it existed, some people incorrectly write it as 'may of'.

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    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Of' may follow 'may', as we saw in your second 'May (of necessity)' example, but there is no expression 'may of'.

    The modal perfect 'may have (+ past participle)' is often pronounced as /meɪəv/. As this sounds the same as 'may of' would, if it existed, some people incorrectly write it as 'may of'.
    But the British National Corpus (BYU-BNC) has 122 examples.

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    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Well, I looked through the first 50. They include examples of a word missing, a couple of typos for 'many', several examples of the 'May of 1984' type, a couple of the 'may, of necessity' type, and several examples of the mistake I mentioned in my last post.

    I repeat, there is no expression 'may of'.

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    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    . They include examples of a word missing,

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    What do you mean by this?

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    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    What do you mean by this?
    There is at least one example of a missing "be". I didn't read through all of the examples because I know, as 5jj has clearly stated, there is no expression "may of".

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    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There is at least one example of a missing "be".
    Thanks, bhai, for that response - rather more succinct (or, perhaps, more restrained) than mine would have been.

    Here is one example, fom BNC: reference to er information or er material that may of significance. It will be interesting to know how the wha how the minister

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    Default Re: May of - may because of.

    Sadly, the misspelling of "may have" as "may of" is rife, even amongst some of my otherwise well-educated and well-read friends. I see an alarming number of examples of:

    May of
    Should of
    Would of
    Might of
    May of

    ALL of which are incorrect, by the way, if anyone was in any doubt, when the "of" should be "have".

    Apart from the two examples already cited ("may of necessity" and "May of 1984"), there is no expression "may of".

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