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    #1

    MAYBE and PERHAPS

    What's the difference between MAYBE and PERHAPS?

    And what about the prepositions During and Through?
    Can I say: Through the year I usually go...?

    Thank you

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    Re: MAYBE and PERHAPS

    Quote Originally Posted by lady_bird13 View Post
    What's the difference between MAYBE and PERHAPS?

    And what about the prepositions During and Through?
    Can I say: Through the year I usually go...?

    Thank you

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Please type in this website's search box: During vs. through.

    (The first result is a very helpful thread from December 27, 2005.)

    (2) Please go to Google and type: During vs. through.

    (The first result is very helpful, too.)

    (3) To make things even harder for you, English has a preposition

    similar to "through." It is "throughout." Sometimes "throughout"

    fits better than "through." Sorry for the bad news!!! I do not

    understand why some people claim that English is "easy"!!!

    (4) According to our wonderful adviser Michael Swan in Practical

    English Usage:

    (a) In British English, maybe is used "in an informal style."

    (b) British people often pronounce "perhaps" as "praps."

    (c) In American English, perhaps "is less common, and is

    rather formal."

    (5) This is only my comment:

    Kindly remember that "maybe" and "may be" are not the same.

    Tom: Are you coming to my party?

    Mona: Maybe.

    ***

    Sue: Will you be at work tomorrow?

    Tony: I'm not sure. I may be (at work tomorrow, and then again I

    may not be at work tomorrow. It depends on how I feel in the

    morning).


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Re: MAYBE and PERHAPS

    [QUOTE=TheParser;752028]NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Please type in this website's search box: During vs. through.

    (The first result is a very helpful thread from December 27, 2005.)



    Thank you for answering, but I can't find the thread!
    Can I have a definitions, please!

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    Re: MAYBE and PERHAPS

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    (1) Please type in this website's search box: During vs. through.

    (The first result is a very helpful thread from December 27, 2005.)



    Thank you for answering, but I can't find the thread!
    Can I have a definitions, please!
    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I apologize for not being smart enough to link to it.

    (2) Would you please try again?

    (I hope that some nice person will link to it for you and me!!!)

    (3) Just go to the top of the page where you see the

    box entitled "Search."

    (4) Then type in "during vs. through."

    (5) The very first result will be a thread entitled "During vs. Through

    vs. Over."

    It's really great!!! If you still cannot get it, then I will try to

    summarize it for you, or maybe we can beg some kind person to

    link to it!!! Pretty please, somebody!!!


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Re: MAYBE and PERHAPS

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...h-vs-over.html

    All you have to do is go to the bar that shows the address, highlight the text, and press the CTRL key and the C key at the same time.

    Then in the post, you press the CTRL key and the V key at the same time.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: MAYBE and PERHAPS

    Ladybird, please don't ask utterly unrelated questions in the same thread.

    Have one thread of one question. Otherwise, the answers you receive will be very mixed up.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: MAYBE and PERHAPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...h-vs-over.html

    All you have to do is go to the bar that shows the address, highlight the text, and press the CTRL key and the C key at the same time.

    Then in the post, you press the CTRL key and the V key at the same time.

    DEAR MODERATOR BARB:


    Thank you so much for the link. I think that the thread starter will

    certainly benefit from the information.

    ***

    Thank you also for the instruction. Sadly, this is one old dog

    that cannot learn new tricks. Thank you for taking pity on me.


    Respectfully (and gratefully) yours,


    James

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    #8

    Re: MAYBE and PERHAPS

    Hey Parsar, i ove your work on this "maybe and May be" stuff. What about "Cannot and Can not"?
    thanks.

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    Re: MAYBE and PERHAPS

    Quote Originally Posted by eddy143 View Post
    Hey Parsar, i ove your work on this "maybe and May be" stuff. What about "Cannot and Can not"?
    thanks.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Thank you for your kind note.

    (2) After checking my books, I can report the following to you:


    (a) In the United States (and probably in other English-speaking

    countries), the usual spelling is definitely "cannot."

    (b) "can not" is NOT "bad" English, but most (almost all writers)

    do not use it nowadays. (P. S. Many years ago, it was spelled

    "now-a-days.")

    (3) There is only one super rare exception that was pointed out

    by Mr. Bryan A. Garner in his A Dictionary of Modern American

    Usage, which many people use as their guide to "good" English.

    He says that "can not" is necessary if you ever use it with the

    "not only ... but also" combination.

    (a) I do not like Mr. Garner's example, so I have made up my

    own (terrible) example:

    Mona can not only speak 25 languages but also play 25 kinds of

    sports.

    As you can see, "not only" would lose its emphasis if you were

    to write: Mona cannot only speak 25 languages but also play 25

    kinds of sports. (99% of people will never write a sentence like this one

    in their whole lives.)

    (3) I read that if a professional writer in the United States writes

    "can not," his/her editor will usually change it to "cannot."

    (4) Nowadays, "can not" looks "funny" because we readers almost

    never see it written like that.

    (5) I think that most teachers give this advice:


    Always write it as "cannot." Someday when you become a

    famous writer, then you can write it in any way you wish.

    Famous writers can "break" the rules because they know that

    they are breaking the rules!!!


    Respectfully yours,


    James

    P.S. I read that some people write "can not" in order to emphasize

    the "not":

    Tom: I love you. Can I be your boyfriend?

    Mona: No, you can not!!! (Do you "hear" the pause after "can"?)

    NEVERTHELESS, I think that most teachers would advise

    that Mona say:

    No, you cannot/can't!!!

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    Re: MAYBE and PERHAPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...h-vs-over.html

    All you have to do is go to the bar that shows the address, highlight the text, and press the CTRL key and the C key at the same time.

    Then in the post, you press the CTRL key and the V key at the same time.

    Thank you for your help,BarB_D!

    So I must say: Throughout the year (and not during the year).Am I right?

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