Maybe vs may be - What's the difference?
Dan: Hi, everyone! What's the difference between 'maybe' and 'may be'? Well, we're going to find out in this English In A Minute.
May is used to express possibility - usually not a very certain one. It's a modal verb so it's always followed by a bare infinitive. The bare infinitive of 'be' is... be! Using the two together, we can make a sentence: Don't call her. She may be at work!
Now, maybe is just one word. It's an adverb and it has a few uses. Most commonly, it means 'perhaps' or 'possibly'. In this case, it's often the first word in the sentence. Don’t' call her. Maybe she's at work!
However, put it in front of an amount to mean 'around' or 'approximately'. This video will be seen by maybe a million people. Make it happen, people!