May be = In the phrase ‘MAY BE’ , ‘may’ is a modal verb and ‘be’ is a main verb or auxiliary verb. Here, MAY and BE are two separate words whereas ‘MAYBE’ is one word.
- There may be a train at 10.00 a.m.
- He may be waiting for us.
- The Prime Minister may be addressing the people tomorrow through the media.
Maybe is an adverb and it means the same as ‘perhaps‘. It is written as one word.
- Maybe she should consult a doctor.
- Maybe he thought foolishly she would give him all the happiness in life and continued his courtship despite his parents’ advice.
- Maybe he didn’t know that he was being trapped by her with proof and a case of molestation was being fabricated against him.
- Maybe my wife didn’t like it.
- Maybe they didn’t know you are a relation of mine.
- Maybe you received a wrong piece of information.
- Maybe he thought we were fools because we wouldn’t like to argue with him.
Note:- Usually ‘Maybe’ is placed at the beginning of the sentence.