-may not-

Nota d'uso
may not, a meno che indichi un divieto (come ad esempio nella frase Students may not use cellphones in class, gli studenti non possono usare i cellulari in classe), significa è possibile che non, può darsi che non. George may not like the idea vuole dire pertanto è possibile che George non gradisca l'idea (o può darsi che George non gradisca l'idea; George potrebbe non gradire l'idea) e non George non può gradire l'idea; Without extra financial support, the company may not survive significa senza ulteriori aiuti finanziari, è possibile che l'azienda non sopravviva (o l'azienda potrebbe non sopravvivere) e non senza ulteriori aiuti finanziari, l'azienda non può sopravvivere. Lo stesso vale per il passato may not have + participio passato: He may not have seen us, può darsi che non ci abbia visto (non non può averci visto).

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