how to pronounce может


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может is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of может in a speech by a native speaker of standard russian:

“… где-то 40 50 даже может быть но и опять …”

meanings of может


  1. Abbreviation of мо́жет быть (móžet bytʹ): maybe, perhaps, possibly.


  1. Third-person singular present indicative imperfective of мочь (močʹ).

может frequency in russian - A1 level of CEFR

the word может occurs in russian on average 1389.6 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.

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