Hi teachers,

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We are still going to entertain any theories that there may be other people that have come into play in this if the evidence points us in that direction

1. Would you tell me if "may have" also correct?

2. Would you tell me what is "may be" in grammar? An adjective?

Thanks

Tinanam
tinanam01021. Would you tell me if "may have" also correct?
No. It's there are, there may be - not there have, there may have.

tinanam01022. Would you tell me what is "may be" in grammar? An adjective?
Two verbs.

may be can be thought of as a sort of substitute for is or are.

We are late. / We may be late.

Lucy is tired. / Lucy may be tired.

Don't touch it! It's hot! / Don't touch it! It may be hot!

There is a vase on the shelf. / There may be a vase on the shelf.

This is a good place to have a picnic. / This may be a good place to have a picnic.

There are a lot of people at the game. / There may be a lot of people at the game.

CJ
Hi Jim.
What is the difference between may and might in the sentences you made.

I think we can replace may with might in your sentences. Am I right?

Is there any significant difference?

Thanks
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hrsaneiWhat is the difference between may and might in the sentences you made. None.
I think we can replace may with might in your sentences. Am I right? Yes.
Is there any significant difference? No.
In American English may is just a slightly more formal way of saying might. Both mean It is possible that ....
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In case you're interested in the other meaning of may - - -

When asking permission in American English, may is a formal way of saying can.

On the phone: Can I speak to Larry? / May I speak to Larry?

could is more polite than can, but not as formal as may: Could I speak to Larry?

CJ
Thanks Jim.
Hi CalifJim,

Thank you for your help on this subject.

Tinanam
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