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    #1

    write seperate(ly)

    Hello,

    X: No! You must not write 'may be' separately / separate.

    Which one should use - separately or separate? I think it is 'separate.' But I am not that sure.

    Thank you!

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    Re: write seperate(ly)

    Separately. It's an adverb modifying "write".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: write seperate(ly)

    You could use as separate words.

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    #4

    Re: write seperate(ly)

    Also, note that "don't write 'may be' as two separate words" isn't always a correct instruction.

    Maybe I'll go to the cinema on Saturday.
    I may be going to the cinema on Saturday.

    Many purists will tell you that "I might be going" is the only correct version but, in BrE at least, you will hear "may" instead of "might" very frequently.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: write seperate(ly)

    "May" is equally correct in AmE. Many say that "may be" is more likely than "might be".

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    Re: write seperate(ly)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Many purists will tell you that "I might be going" is the only correct version
    You know some particularly hardcore purists.

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