German translation of “may”
may /mei/ (negative short form mayn’t /ˈmeiənt/)
› to have the permission to
You may go home now. › used to express a possibility in the present or future
He may be here, I don’t know. › used to express a wish
May you live a long and happy life. may as well › might as well.
ebensogut auch … können
may have › used to express a possibility in the past
Möglichkeit in der Vergangenheit
He may have been here, but we cannot be sure.