Can you replace may be with shall be or will be?
- EdwardLv 64 months ago
it may be cold tomorrow = possibly
it shall be cold tomorrow = probably (it has been decreed by someone)
it will be cold tomorrow = definitely
so...... no, you can't
- KrishnamurthyLv 74 months ago
“Shall” is usually confused with “will” while the usage of “may” is often interchanged with “can.”. Both “shall” and “may” can be used as part of the question. In the same manner, both words can be included in the answer with “shall” or “may” in the question.
- Anonymous4 months ago
All are modal auxiliaries but there are apparent differences.
"May be" implies permission, possibility,wishes, purpose, concession , "shall be" reflects futurity, willingness/intention, suggestion and finally "will be" implies willingness, intention, prediction, insistence,requests in questions.
- Anonymous4 months ago
You can in some instances. But you change the sense:
It may be sunny tomorrow. It will be sunny tomorrow
One is a possibility, another something of a certainty.
If one offers professional advice for a living, may will
be the better choice.
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- msoexpertLv 64 months ago
Using "may" be vs "will" or "shall" be isn't the same meaning! For example, "You 𝙢𝙖𝙮 be the winner" doesn't say you are or will become the winner. But changing it to "You 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 be the winner" says you will become the winner in the future. So the first one is merely the possibility of your winning. The second is your definitely becoming the winner, big difference!Source(s): I've taught English and grammar plus many other subjects. And have helped out lots of students to help them better understand and learn.
- lenpol7Lv 74 months ago
I agree with your correspondent 'Bill'.
However, I wold add that 'shall ' refers to the first person, and 'will' refers to the second person. .
'I shall be at the station.
'You will be at the station'.
- MichaelLv 74 months ago
maybe, maybe not
- roderick_youngLv 74 months ago
That changes the meaning, but if a sentence had "may be," chances are it will still be grammatically correct if you substitute "shall be" or "will be."
The bandanas may be green. (Green is allowed. Or, I'm taking a guess that they might be green.)
The bandanas shall be green. (This is a directive specifiying that they must be green.)
The bandanas will be green. (Just stating a fact.)
- BillLv 64 months ago
shall and will are definitive action verbs and maybe is not definitive