1 adv You use maybe to express uncertainty, for example when you do not know that something is definitely true, or when you are mentioning something that may possibly happen in the future in the way you describe.
ADV with cl/group (vagueness)
Maybe she is in love..., I do think about having children, maybe when I'm 40...
2 adv You use maybe when you are making suggestions or giving advice. Maybe is also used to introduce polite requests.
ADV with cl/group (politeness)
Maybe we can go to the movies or something..., Wait a while, maybe a few days.
3 adv You use maybe to indicate that, although a comment is partly true, there is also another point of view that should be considered.
Maybe there is jealousy, but I think the envy is more powerful...
4 adv You can say maybe as a response to a question or remark, when you do not want to agree or disagree.
ADV as reply
`Is she coming back?'—`Maybe. No one hears from her.'
5 adv You use maybe when you are making a rough guess at a number, quantity, or value, rather than stating it exactly.
ADV amount (vagueness)
The men were maybe a hundred feet away and coming closer.
6 adv People use maybe to mean `sometimes', particularly in a series of general statements about what someone does, or about something that regularly happens.
ADV with cl/group
They'll come to the bar for a year, or maybe even two, then they'll find another favourite spot.
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