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I think,saying 'what may it be' is correct in the sense of something that i did not see before,it is new to me and on my hand.and i am saying this sentence "what may it be"/"what may be it".which one is correct? i dont know the structure.please tell me the structure.N.B it is necessary for my exam.

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closed as not a real question by tchrist, Kris, jwpat7, simchona Mar 10 '13 at 20:39

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Please endeavour to pay closer attention to matters orthographical: capital letters, spacing, apostrophes, and all the rest of what goes into Standard English in her written form. Your postings are nearly incomprehensible. –  tchrist Mar 10 '13 at 14:49
    
I think you'd be more likely to explain "What can it be?" than "What may it be". May implies permission, which isn't relevant in the case you quote. –  Andrew Leach Mar 10 '13 at 14:52
    
Ok.if i use 'can' in the sentence then tell me the structure.please please it is very important to me, sir. –  Zafor Ahmed Mar 10 '13 at 14:57
    
Its very argent to know for my exam so give me a structure someone. –  Zafor Ahmed Mar 10 '13 at 15:04
    
@ZaforAhmed If this is for an exam, it would be unethical of us to tell you the answer. –  tchrist Mar 10 '13 at 15:17

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As standalone questions, “What may be it?” is incorrect or a fragment, while “What may it be?” is grammatical but unnatural in English, where one would instead say “What is it?” or “What can it be?”.

In future, questions like this may be better asked in English Language Learners.

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