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美 [meɪ]
英 [meɪ]
  • modalv.可能;(转折前所述情况属实)也许;(征求同意或表示允许)可以
  • n.山楂花
  • 网络五月;梅;五月份
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modalv.
1.
(有可能但不肯定)也许,可能used to say that sth is possible
That may or may not be true.
这可能是真的,也可能不是。
He may have(= perhaps he has) missed his train.
他可能没赶上火车。
They may well win.
他们完全可能赢。
There is a range of programs on the market which may be described as design aids.
市场上有各种程序,可以称为设计辅助工具。
2.
(转折前所述情况属实)也许,可能used when admitting that sth is true before introducing another point, argument, etc.
He may be a good father but he's a terrible husband.
他或许是一位好父亲,但却是个很糟糕的丈夫。
3.
(征求同意或表示允许)可以used to ask for or give permission
May I come in?
我可以进来吗?
You may come in if you wish.
你想进来就进来吧。
4.
(礼貌地评价或提问等)可以used as a polite way of making a comment, asking a question, etc.
You look lovely, if I may say so.
我觉得你看上去很可爱。
May I ask why you took that decision?
我可否问一下你为什么要作出那样的决定?
If I may just add one thing…
我想再补充一点…
5.
(表示愿望)但愿used to express wishes and hopes
May she rest in peace.
愿她安息。
Business has been thriving in the past year. Long may it continue to do so.
在过去的一年里生意蒸蒸日上。但愿这种情况能持续下去。
6.
(表明目的)可以,能够used to say what the purpose of sth is
There is a need for more resources so that all children may have a decent education.
需要更多的资源投入,让所有的孩子都受到良好的教育。
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I know that he has tried hard; be that as it may, his work is just not good enough.
我知道他已经尽力了,尽管如此,他的工作仍不太理想。
be that as it may
尽管如此despite that
I know that he has tried hard; be that as it may, his work is just not good enough.
我知道他已经尽力了,尽管如此,他的工作仍不太理想。
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山楂花the white or pink flowers of the hawthorn

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