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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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