What Is Their Main Difference?
Modal Verb Might
Adverbs are used to modify adjectives, verbs, and other adverbs. They are used to add more detail about place, time, circumstances, manner, causes, etc. 'Maybe' is an adverb of probability and it is used at the beginning of the sentence to show that there is a chance that an action or event occurs or not. Have a look:
Talking about Possibilities
We use the adverb 'maybe' and the modal verb 'might' is used to talk about actions or events that have a chance of occurrence. Take a look at the following examples for clarity:
'Might' and 'maybe' are used to make polite offers and suggestions. Have a look:
We can make 'might' negative by adding 'not' after it and as a result, we will have a negative sentence but we cannot add 'not' or any other negative maker to 'maybe' to make the sentence negative. In order to make the sentences with 'maybe' in them negative, we need to search for the head of the sentence and do what is required to make the head of the sentence negative. Take a look:
Position in a Sentence
As a modal verb, 'might' always comes before the main verb and never changes its position. 'Maybe,' however, is always used at the beginning of the sentence.
Modal Verb 'Might'
Modals must be used with a main verb and cannot be used alone in a sentence unless it is a short answer like "I can." For instance:
Modals cannot be used with another modal in the same clause.
lift the box.
You can use as many adverbs as you like in a clause. However, using too many adverbs may make the sentences chunky and hard to understand. Take a look at the following example:
'Might' and 'Maybe' cannot be used in one sentence. Have a look:
I leave in the morning.