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    "Maybe" or "may be"

    What is the difference between "maybe" and " may be" please?

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    Re: "Maybe" or "may be"

    Maybe is an adverb meaning perhaps.
    May be is an modal auxiliary + verb: I may be late tonight; I may eat in a restaurant. May also expresses possibility (among other things), so that we can equate these sentences:

    I may be late tonight = Maybe I will be late tonight.
    He may be a terrorist = Maybe he is a terrorist.

    Just be careful to use the correct form for the syntax of the sentence you are making.

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