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Usage of MAY BE in sentences

 
 
Reply Wed 3 Jan, 2018 01:56 am
Hi, I want to know the correct usage of may be in sentences. I have written some sentences below. tell me whether they are correct or not correct.

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1. May be, It could rain tomorrow.

2. May be, He could have died more than thirty years ago.

3. May be, He might have done it.

4. May be, The person we are talking about may not be the person we wanted to see.
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jan, 2018 02:08 am
@johnsmiths,
'May be' has its uses, but in these sentences, the word 'maybe' would be correct. Do not capitalize words just because they follow a comma.
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jan, 2018 02:11 am
@johnsmiths,
Your sentences include the words 'could', 'might', and 'may not'. There is no need to use the word 'maybe' with them to indicate the uncertainty.
johnsmiths
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jan, 2018 02:32 am
@roger,
Hi roger, How about these sentences?

1. Maybe, it could rain tomorrow.

2. Maybe, he could have died more than thirty years ago.

3. Maybe, he might have done it.

4. Maybe, the person we are talking about may not be the person we wanted to see.

I would like to know if using the word MAYBE with 'could', 'might' and 'may not' are grammatically correct.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jan, 2018 02:50 am
@johnsmiths,
Get rid of the commas.

As to the 'maybe', it may be grammatical. It is not necessary.
johnsmiths
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jan, 2018 03:11 am
@roger,
1. It could rain tomorrow.

2. He could have died more than thirty years ago.

3. He might have done it.

4. The person we are talking about may not be the person we wanted to see.

Thanks a lot.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jan, 2018 07:20 am
In your sentences, "Perhaps" is another word that could be used for "maybe."
johnsmiths
 
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Reply Thu 4 Jan, 2018 02:01 am
@PUNKEY,
hi PUNKEY, is it OK?

1. Perhaps it could rain tomorrow.

2. Perhaps he could have died more than thirty years ago.

3. Perhaps he might have done it.

4. Perhaps the person we are talking about may not be the person we wanted to see.
roger
 
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Reply Thu 4 Jan, 2018 02:08 am
@johnsmiths,
johnsmiths wrote:


1. Perhaps it could rain tomorrow.


"Perhaps it could rain tomorrow." means exactly the same as "It could rain tomorrow." If you like it, go ahead.
johnsmiths
 
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Reply Thu 4 Jan, 2018 02:15 am
@roger,
"It could rain tomorrow" I understand what you say.
"Perhaps it could rain tomorrow." is it grammatically OK?
centrox
 
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Reply Thu 4 Jan, 2018 12:33 pm
@johnsmiths,
johnsmiths wrote:

"It could rain tomorrow" I understand what you say.
"Perhaps it could rain tomorrow." is it grammatically OK?

You would only say this if (a) you want it to rain tomorrow (b) you know someone who can make it rain tomorrow.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jan, 2018 01:21 pm
@johnsmiths,
1. Maybe it could rain tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow it'll rain

2. Maybe he died more than thirty years ago.

3. Maybe he did it.

4. Maybe the person we are talking about isn't the one we wanted to see.
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