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Russian translation of “may”

may

modal verb     /meɪ/
POSSIBLE B1 used to talk about what is possibly true or will possibly happen
может быть
There may be other problems that we don't know about. I think I may have a cold .Possible and probable
PERMISSION formal B1 used to ask or give permission
можно
May I be excused , please ? You may begin .Allowing and permitting
may (well) ... but used to show that the first thing you say is not important when compared to another fact
может быть и …, но
It may be cheap but it's not very good. Connecting words which express a contrast
(Definition of may modal verb from the Cambridge English-Russian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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