may (modal verb)

may (modal verb)

Point 34 and 48 in the category of MODALITY are defined as:

‘may’ to talk about weak possibility referring to the present and the future affirmative


An iWeb search for:

may_VM _VVI

1 MAY NEED 294017
2 MAY WANT 253501
3 MAY TAKE 159078


4 MAY INCLUDE 156112

Hannah’s friends, whose needs may include personal or professional problems,

depend on her often for her knowledge, understanding and skills.

PELIC writing class, level 4, grammar class.


5 MAY FIND 156070
6 MAY SEEM 148207
7 MAY HELP 129726
8 MAY CAUSE 114433
9 MAY REQUIRE 113748
10 MAY USE 111149
11 MAY MAKE 91763
12 MAY VARY 84699
13 MAY RESULT 83804
14 MAY APPLY 76754
15 MAY GET 75179
16 MAY FEEL 68586
17 MAY COME 67062
18 MAY BECOME 65934
19 MAY OCCUR 64684
20 MAY CHOOSE 64198
21 MAY LEAD 61644
22 MAY CHANGE 61595
23 MAY SEE 56160
24 MAY SOUND 55460
25 MAY PROVIDE 54096
26 MAY WISH 53963
27 MAY THINK 53683
28 MAY LOOK 50646
29 MAY CONTAIN 50167
30 MAY APPEAR 45475
31 MAY AFFECT 43138
32 MAY WORK 40482
33 MAY EXPERIENCE 39240
34 MAY RECEIVE 38462
35 MAY GIVE 38023
36 MAY KNOW 37650
37 MAY ASK 36884
38 MAY GO 36877
39 MAY REQUEST 36199
40 MAY END 34387
41 MAY INCREASE 34137
42 MAY MEAN 31325
43 MAY OFFER 30087
44 MAY CONTACT 27365
45 MAY SAY 27347
46 MAY CONSIDER 26255
47 MAY ARISE 25898
48 MAY DIFFER 25767
49 MAY TRY 24414
50 MAY NOTICE 23290
51 MAY CALL 22784
52 MAY START 22764
53 MAY DECIDE 22747
54 MAY INVOLVE 22343
55 MAY CONTINUE 21967
56 MAY INDICATE 21311
57 MAY REDUCE 21235
58 MAY DEVELOP 21199
59 MAY BRING 21180
60 MAY ALLOW 20093
61 MAY ADD 19862
62 MAY PROVE 19569
63 MAY BENEFIT 18318
64 MAY ENTER 17995
65 MAY LOSE 17870
66 MAY SHOW 17716
67 MAY QUALIFY 17518
68 MAY BEGIN 17484
69 MAY HAPPEN 17348
70 MAY FACE 16333
71 MAY PLAY 16223
72 MAY TURN 16025
73 MAY PREFER 15838
74 MAY REMEMBER 15460
75 MAY SUBMIT 15300
76 MAY CONTRIBUTE 14996
77 MAY SHARE 14975
78 MAY ENCOUNTER 14850
79 MAY SERVE 14679
80 MAY RUN 14462
81 MAY LEAVE 14365
82 MAY CREATE 14218
83 MAY COLLECT 14141
84 MAY HOLD 13813
85 MAY SEND 13766
86 MAY PREVENT 13608
87 MAY PAY 13543
88 MAY LIKE 13421
89 MAY SUGGEST 13051
90 MAY RETURN 12721
91 MAY OBTAIN 12590
92 MAY CHARGE 12423
93 MAY RECOMMEND 12220
94 MAY PUT 12040
95 MAY FALL 12036
96 MAY ORDER 12002
97 MAY PRODUCE 11927
98 MAY REMAIN 11885
99 MAY EXPLAIN 11638
100 MAY EXIST 11624


A2: add, become, bring, call, collect, contact, decide, enter, explain, fall, happen, hold, include, lose, mean, notice, offer, order, prefer, receive, return, serve, share, sound, try, turn, wish
B1: allow, appear, apply, benefit, charge, consider, contain, continue, create, develop, exist, experience, increase, involve, lead, prevent, produce, prove, provide, recommend, reduce, remain, request, require, result, seem, suggest
B2: affect, cause, contribute, differ, encounter, indicate, obtain, occur, qualify, submit, vary
C1: arise


EXPERT EXAMPLE:

Where someone from the Philippines may have an excellent command of English grammar,

without the cultural background of living in a first-world country,

some nuances can be hard for them to produce in their language.

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