Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Czech
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2014
    • Posts: 805
    #1

    It may be that

    Hello,

    I would like to ask a native speaker if the phrase "it may be that" which I have found chiefly in older texts sounds obsolete to a modern English ear. Simply if it could be used today without sounding awkward and archaic.

    It may be that the soldiers were drunk.
    It may be that you are not so clever as you think you are, etc ...

    Thank you very much.

  1. Skrej's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 2,397
    #2

    Re: It may be that

    I wouldn't consider it archaic or obsolete by any means. In fact, I still use it occasionally in regular speech.

    A similar version you'll still hear perhaps even more frequently is 'that may be'.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

  2. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #3

    Re: It may be that

    Not archaic or obsolete, but obsolescent and - as I think they say in Spanish - arcaizante. I think the OP's feeling that it's on the way out may be accurate, but older people will be saying 'it may be that' for many years yet.

    As a matter of fact, the usage graph on this page shows that may itself has been in long term decline over the last 300 years, but it's been fairly steady for the past 200.

    b

    PS To save a lot of screen management, I'm attaching a screen grab.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails may.JPG  
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Twitter: @BobK99
    Blog: http://harmlessdrudgery.blogspot.com
    Books: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bob-Knowles/..._athr_dp_pel_1

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

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