Stop Saying: "Maybe"
- I wanna watch Hamilton, is it good?
- Well, have you heard anything about it?
- Oh my god, is that all you can say? Maybe.
- Today we're talking about probability.
Of course, maybe, that's fine.
One, this video will help you improve your vocabulary.
Two, I often hear a lot of common mistakes with maybe.
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Sometimes I hear students say this,
and it's a very common mistake.
- Hey, I'm gonna get ice cream, you wanna go with me?
- Maybe I go, that's not correct.
I think I know why people make this mistake.
Maybe is not a modal verb, but may is.
It's very formal, it's not casual,
and in casual conversation, I wouldn't say it.
But grammatically, it's fine. It's good.
I maybe go, definitely no.
So, if may is quite formal and not very casual,
let's instead use the modal verb, might.
It's much better, let me show you.
- Hey, I'm gonna get ice cream, you wanna go with me?
- If you say I might with a verb,
it just means maybe I'll do this thing.
And this is where it gets fun.
Listen to this version of that same answer.
Again, this structure, it just means maybe.
Just use might with an auxiliary verb.
Great question, there are three auxiliary verbs.
In this case, you can see the main verb is want,
That is the verb that gives it the tense.
Are we talking first, second, third person?
So, we put, might, match the auxiliary verb,
might do, and that response just means, maybe,
Now, pronunciation, I would say it like this.
I glottalize that T, might do.
You don't have to, it's a choice.
You could pronounce the T properly,
But we need to practice that pronunciation and use.
So, I will ask you a question.
You just say this in response.
It's real life practice, okay.
Okay, but, other auxiliary verbs.
You see a girl and you're like,
that football shirt, is that Brazilian?
So he says, maybe, using might.
Think about the auxiliary verb here.
Your answer would be, yes, she is,
Again, it just means, maybe she is, I don't know.
Pronunciation, again, you can choose.
With that T, do you want to use the true T or glottal T?
True T, might be, that's fine.
Again, it's a style, it doesn't matter.
You choose, and now I'll ask you a question.
You're amazing, you're gonna be
if his friend has seen this movie.
She wants to say, maybe I have.
We just match the auxiliary verb.
In this case, it's a present perfect,
so the auxiliary is have, might have.
She could say the full sentence,
But that's too long and no one has
So finally, let's practice with this one.
you're glottalizing that T sound, and it's fine.
Might have will smash it together.
That's very, very lazy, very short.
Now I will ask you a question.
Answer with a maybe using this.
Your friend, your best friend,
have they seen the last Marvel movie?
Also notice that modal verbs, they don't change.
They don't change for he, she, it.
For example, he mights, no, that doesn't exist.
Also, it doesn't change for different time tenses.
- I'm bored. Come with me to the pub tonight.
Typically we don't put two modal verbs together.
With this, the time tense won't change,
we will understand the time from context.
So which auxiliary verb should we use here?
Well, it's definitely not be,
so, might do, that's the correct answer to this question.
So, just might and the auxiliary verb.
Side note, we're talking about probability
Well, probability and possibility
are often used in very similar ways.
but it's more about the possibility of something,
- Sorry, love, do you wanna play Xbox?
- Have you got a baby in there?
they both serve the same function in some contexts.
They both mean maybe, but there is a difference.
Could specifically talks about the possibility of something.
Might specifically talks about the probability of something.
Maybe it will happen, maybe it won't happen.
when you use could or might with an auxiliary verb,
they can mean the same thing, maybe.
Now, sometimes you want to say, maybe, yes.
Or, maybe no, or, maybe, 50 50.
Here are the most common expressions that you can use
First, expressions to mean maybe yes,
do you think that we'll be able to go on holiday this year?
And your friend wants to say, maybe, yes.
If you say, I think yes, that's not correct.
I guess so, or, I suppose so.
Again, all of these just mean maybe yes.
Or finally, yeah, I reckon so.
Americans don't use it as much as we do.
But again, it's fine for everyone to use.
So again, you just need to learn one new expression
to boost your vocabulary for today.
I will ask you a question, repeat it back to me.
Are you going to sleep early tonight?
But if we want to say, maybe no,
For example, if you bought your friend
a birthday present, a big block of cheese.
Personally, I would like this as a birthday present,
but I guess some people don't like it.
do you think Maria is going to like her birthday present?
Doubt it, she's vegan and it's cheese, so.
Or of course, I don't think so.
Again, here, the so is like the, yes.
Choose your favorite response.
I'm going to ask you a question.
You respond with your favorite one.
And then boom, it's in your vocabulary forever.
Do you think that this year you're going to
make a million pounds, dollars,
But what if you're thinking, maybe,
it's like 50 50, to be honest.
For example, you're walking with your friend to a party.
I'm hungry, do you think there's food at this party, or?
But of course you haven't got a clue.
So how can you respond, maybe, 50 50.
Now of course, of course, maybe is fine.
But these videos are to improve your vocabulary,
We're saying it's possible, so you have that option.
We're right in the middle, 50 50.
So, do you think there is food at the party?
We're matching that auxiliary verb.
Could be, I don't know, could be.
This is also very common to read, write, say.
it's a bit more formal than just maybe.
Now, I've written these two because they exist,
conceivably, I like the sound of it,
but honestly, you might read it in the paper
or something like that, in a formal setting,
Conceivably, practice the pronunciation.
This one, you're never gonna hear it.
You might hear it if you're watching
an old English movie or reading an old English book
And again, they all just mean, maybe.
Try to use some of the expressions from today's video
in the comments using your own examples.
If you make the examples relevant to your life,
you have a better chance of really learning
Also let me know what you want to see in a future lesson,
and I'll see you in the next class.