May Be or Maybe?
May Be or Maybe?What is the difference between "may be" and "may be"?
- "Maybe" means "perhaps."
- "May be" means "might be."
Maybe"Maybe" (one word) can be substituted with "perhaps" or "possibly." ("Maybe" is an adverb.) Try substituting the "maybe" in the examples below with "perhaps."
Example sentences with "Maybe"
- Maybe this world is another planet's hell. (Writer Aldous Huxley)
- Courage is saying, "Maybe what I'm doing isn't working; maybe I should try something else." (Author Anna Lappe)
- Maybe you have to know darkness before you can appreciate the light. (Author Madeleine L'engle)
- There are a lot of people who can't write and maybe shouldn't write. (Author Sarah Hepola)
May Be"May be" (two words) is similar to "might be," "could be," or "would be." (The word "may" in "may be" is an auxiliary verb.)
Example sentences with "May Be"
- Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. (Journalist H. L. Mencken)
- If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking. (President Lyndon B. Johnson)
- The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool. (Author Jane Wagner)