‘May be’ vs. ‘Maybe’

Did you know that there is a big difference between ‘maybe’ and ‘may be’? The single word “maybe” is an adverb. It is synonymous with “perhaps” and “possibly.” For example: MAYBE the doctor is right that your health is dependent on your lifestyle.

On the other hand, “may be”, written as two words, is a verb phrase that expresses possibility. For example: The doctor MAY BE right that your health is dependent on your lifestyle.

Complete the following sentences by filling in “maybe” or “may be.”

1. The cure for COVID-19 _______ attributed to a Filipino.
2. ______ God reminds us to take care of and not waste our many blessings.
3. Some government officials _____ slow but are precise in making decisions.
4. ______ some guests will be with us next week.
5. Some guests ______ with us next week.
6. Who ________ the right person to guide us during these turbulent times?
7. The food abundant today _______ scarce tomorrow.
8. To maintain our sanity, _____ all of us need a break.

ANSWERS
1. may be 2. maybe 3. may be 4. maybe
5. may be 6. may be 7. may be. 8. maybe

IMPORTANT
This may help you choose the appropriate word: Use MAYBE if it can be changed to PERHAPS. For example: Maybe the rumor is true. Perhaps the rumor is true. However, we cannot use “perhaps” for “may be” in “The rumour may be true.”