Lesson 23 may be / maybe

Choose the correct answers:

  1. It __________ (may be, maybe) snowy tomorrow.
  2. It __________ (may be, maybe) snowing right now. Open the curtain to take a look!
  3. __________ (May be, Maybe) it will snow tomorrow.

Explain:

“May be” and “maybe” sound the same, and they both mean “probably” or “perhaps”. However, they are totally different in their grammatical function in sentences.

“may be” (2 words): modal “may” + verb “be” = complete verb of the sentence

“may be + verb-ing (3 words): modal “may” + verb “be + verb-ing” = complete verb of the sentence

“maybe” (one word) is an adverb, and there must be a verb somewhere in the sentence.

  • In Sentence #1, “may be” is the complete verb of the sentence, indicating future possibility.
  • In Sentence #2, “may be snowing” is the complete verb of the sentence, indicating present possibility.
  • In sentence #3, helping verb “will” + verb “snow” = complete verb (will snow). “Maybe” is an adverb. The whole sentence also indicates future possibility.
  • Sentence #1 and #3 have a similar meaning.

 

Review:

  1. __________ (May be, Maybe) the storm is coming earlier than expected.
  2. The store __________ (may be, maybe) coming earlier than expected.
  3. The rain __________ (may be, maybe) good for the lawn.

 

 

Answers:

may be; may be; Maybe

Maybe; may be; may be

 

 

 

 

 

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