Which sentence is better in a text:

"It may happen that some people believe"
"May happen that some people believe"

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    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 9:59

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Except in certain particular contexts (such as imperatives, and colloquial conversation) English always requires a subject to be expressed: that is precisely why expletive 'it' is used.

So, in most contexts "May happen that ... " at the start of a sentence is not grammatical.

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