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An example use of may in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… for some of us it may mean we're not in …”
May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
the word may occurs in english on average 847.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that may can be often used in the following areas:
1) business and work;
2) people, society, and culture;