Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "May"

The meaning of "May" in various phrases and sentences

Q: May fall asleep just warning you ne anlama geliyor?
A: @akiho919

まあ、言っとくけど、寝ちゃうかもしれない。。。
Q: "what's up".

May I use this phrase to start speaking? Or just smth else? ne anlama geliyor?
A: Yeah sometimes when I answer the phone (if it's a friend or family member), I say "Hey what's up"
Q: May I put you on hold? ne anlama geliyor?
A: 最初にかけてきた人との通話を保留にして通話中着信の相手[後からかけてきた人]と話す
Q: May as well, right ? ne anlama geliyor?
A: There is no reason not to, so you are probably going to do it.
Q: May I know you? ne anlama geliyor?
A: "May I know you?" is not a natural phrase, so I'm not sure what you mean..

Do you mean "Do I know you?" or "May I get to know you?"

Example sentences using "May"

Q: Might and May ile örnek cümleler göster.
A: Might is the past tense form of may and is typically used in questions or requests.
Your purse might be in the living room.
I might go to the movies.
I might go with you to the park.
May is typically used to talk about possibility.
She may be at home.
May I use your bathroom? (can also use "might", but "may" is more natural)
Jack may be angry.
May I ask you something?
May I borrow you pen? (can also use "might", "can I -" is the most natural)
Q: May be ile örnek cümleler göster.
A: Where is she??

I don't know,but maybe she is in her house
Q: May I ile örnek cümleler göster.
A: "May I" is more formal, but they mean exactly the same :)
Q: "May I 〜?" ile örnek cümleler göster.
A: May I .... is used to ask permission politely in English.
May I borrow your car please?

It can be reversed for a question
I'd like a biscuit if I may?
If I may? I'd like to go to bed now.

I can also be used to wish for things in the future.
May I live to see 100.

Q: May ile örnek cümleler göster.
A: May !
Uma forma adequada de pedir ou perguntar algo !
May i go to the bathroom please ?
May i drink water teacher ?
May you help me William ?

Synonyms of "May" and their differences

Q: May I ask what this is in reference to? ve What were you calling about? arasındaki fark nedir?
A: @youme: They have the same meaning (asking for clarification), but the first one sounds VERY polite. Additionally, the second one can only be used during phone calls (since they are "calling about" something.)

Here are two situations:

Situation #1: A customer walks into a company. The secretary greets them.
Customer: "I need to talk to the owner right now about something important."
Secretary: "May I ask what this is in reference to?"
Customer: "It is about a recent sale."

Situation #2: You call your friend, but she doesn't answer. You call her back later.
Your friend: "Hello?"
You: "Hello! What were you calling about?"
Your friend: "Oh, I wanted to ask you a question."
Q: Can I ~? ve May I ~? arasındaki fark nedir?
A: @Emi85614: In normal conversation, they often mean the same thing, but "May I" is more polite.
"Can I" in some cases is about a person's capability to do something, like "Can I lift this?" or "Can I get her to like me?" "May I" is always asking for permission, like "May I take a look?"
Q: May I ask ve Can I ask ve Do[Would] you mind if I ask arasındaki fark nedir?
A: Can I ask is the least polite out of the three.

May I ask is the politest.

Do you mind if I ask is used when you don't want to be a burden or be rude to the other person. Considering the polite level, "Do you mind if I ask" is the same as "May I ask". However, "May I ask" should be used to someone older or someone who has a higher status than you.
Meanwhile "Do you mind if I ask" should be used to someone equal to you that you haven't talked to before or to someone who you're not really close with.

Example.
Your at you first day at school. Everyone are strangers to you.
There are 3 cases in which you can use each of the questions above.
1.You can use "Do you mind if I ask" to be polite to one of the other students to show that your a modest person.If you use "May I ask" to a student the same age as you, the situation will get awkward for both you and him.
2.If you want to be seen as an outgoing or cool person then you can use "Can I ask you something?/Can I ask you a question?"
3."May I ask" should only be used towards a teacher or someone older than you. However, you do not have to use "May I ask" to someone 1~3 years older than you especially at a school.

Example #2

"Hey,um, do you mind if I ask you a question about the homework we were given yesterday?"

"Can I ask you a question mate?It's nothing special, just wanna know something about you."

"Excuse me, may I ask where the toilet is?"
"May I ask who you are?"
"May I go to the toilet, Mr Wasson?"
Q: May ve Maybe ve Probably ve Perhaps arasındaki fark nedir?
A: Hmm...

May and maybe are most often used in these ways:

May: I may buy a new car.
In this sentence, may is used to describe the possibility of you buying a car. May is often used when you are still considering. It doesn't lean towards yes or no. It sounds neutral.

May: you may want to eat soon.
In this sentence, the speaker is suggesting that the other person should eat. It sounds fairly polite.

May: may I try?
The speaker is using may to ask about the possibility of trying. Basically, they are asking for permission. It sounds polite.

May: you may go.
The speaker is giving the other person permission to leave. It is often used in certain phrases. It can also be considered impolite if used in certain ways.

Maybe: maybe tomorrow.
Maybe can be used to describe the possibility of something happening.
Less polite than may in most cases but It is used when you want to keep your answer short. Girls sometimes answer with maybe when they don't want to say no directly.

Here's an interesting one.

May be: he may be coming.
It is used almost like may. The only difference is that you need to have BE separate when the verb is using its ING form.

Probably: it is probably midnight.
Probably is used to describe the possibility of something. It suggests that the speaker assumes that something is true. It is more casual but it can be used in formal context.

Perhaps: perhaps he got lost...
It describes the possibility of something. It is fairly neutral but it can be used several ways. It is considered more polite than maybe.

May, may be, and probably are used a lot.

Perhaps it's used more often in novels and official letters.

I wouldn't worry too much about how formal they sound. English formality will come with time. I highly doubt you could offend an American by using perhaps instead of probably...

I hope this helps you.

-13emj







Q: May I beg your pardon? ve Can I beg your pardon? arasındaki fark nedir?
A: It sounds unnatural to ask: can I beg your pardon as it is like asking whether you are able to, whereas, 'may I beg your pardon' is asking whether you are allowed to.

Translations of "May"

Q: Bunu İngilizce (ABD) da nasıl dersiniz? May I take yours temperature?

Is it natural?
Thank you.
A: “May I take your temperature” or “Can I take your temperature.” “Can I” is more casual.
Q: Bunu İngilizce (ABD) da nasıl dersiniz? May the force be with you
A: it's an interpretation of peace be with you and I think it's from a TV show called star wars
Q: Bunu İngilizce (Birleşik Krallık) da nasıl dersiniz? May khana kha kar sone ja raha hu .?
A: u said Sara tora tora kha rahi ha so I replied that of ur comment
Q: Bunu İngilizce (ABD) da nasıl dersiniz? May I go out for a moment?, or May I come out for a moment?
A: May I go out for a moment? ( = May I leave for a moment?)

If you have sent a child to their room, the child might ask "May I come out for a moment?" ( = May I come out of my room for a moment?)

If you arrive at someone's house unexpectedly, you might ask "May I come in for a moment?" ( = May I come into your house for a moment?)
Q: Bunu İngilizce (ABD) da nasıl dersiniz? 冗談をいってもいいですか? = May I say a joke? I guess English does not have such an expression
A: you're correct. 冗談をいってもいいですか means "may I say a joke?" or "can I say a joke?"

Other questions about "May"

Q: As of May 1, I will be serving my thirth consecutive as senior ProjectManager. bu doğru görünüyor mu?
A: As of May 1, I will be serving my third consecutive term as senior project manager.
Q: May 5th,2017

I'll take about today's story!!
I played with my friend in high school.
First,we went to bouldaling jim and played bouldaling.It was first time to do that ,so we were tought how to use this facility and it's rules.we enjoyed doing that while we taked about our recent situation.
Second,we went to italian restouarant after that. we enjoyed eating delicious pastas sets with kurojis and saradas and drinking some fruits juice and herbs tea while we talked love consultation each other.
It was good time !! I want to meet again !! bu doğru görünüyor mu?
A: its okay it's just you messed up some words of will write your whole story again and I'll put "" on the ones you got wrong

I'll "talk" about today's story!!
(also you should uninclude the playing with your friends it sounds unnatural)
first, we went to bouldaling Jim and played bouldaling." it was my first time doing that", we were tought how to use this facility and it's rules. we enjoyed "it" while we "talked" about out recent situation
second, we went to italian "restaurant" after we enjoyed eating delicious pasta sets with kurojis and saradas and some fruit juice and herb tea and we talked about love consultation to each other
it was a good time
I wish to meet again

I hoped I helped and I changed it so it would sound more natural ❤️
Q: May be ordinary things sports clubs are hard.

I was forever shouted by teacher and I always hoped fall rain. bu doğru görünüyor mu?
A: Try "Sports clubs are hard. I'm always being shouted at by my teacher. I hope it rains on practice days so that practice is cancelled."
Q: May I take a look your cell phone? bu doğru görünüyor mu?
A: You can say, 'May I have a look at your phone?' or 'Can I see your phone, please?' What you said isn't wrong, you will be understood but this is how a native would say it. Also in the UK we don't say 'cell phone', that's American English. We say 'mobile' or 'phone'. Hope that helps. 😊
Q: May his soul rest in peace. Mankind owes his death.
He tasted thousands of plant to find a substitute for tobacco.
bu doğru görünüyor mu?
A: May his soul rest in peace. Mankind owes it to him.
He tasted thousands of plants to find a substitute for tobacco.

I would suggest the following order:

May his soul rest in peace.
He tasted thousands of plants to find a substitute for tobacco. Mankind owes his death.—> put this at the end for a more powerful ending, after explaining what he has done for mankind :)

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