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Question about "may not have"

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Question about "may not have"

Postby thais » Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:33 pm

Need help for the placement of ไม่" in "may not have".

"may have" is อาจมี
Where should "ไม่" be placed for "may not have"? [ไม่]อาจมี or อาจ[ไม่]มี ?

Example:
I may not have time.
ผม[ไม่]อาจมีเวลา ?
ผมอาจ[ไม่]มีเวลา ?

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Re: Question about "may not have"

Postby Tgeezer » Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:46 pm

อาจไม่มี
คับที่อยู่ได้คับใจอยู่ยาก
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Re: Question about "may not have"

Postby Richard Wordingham » Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:44 pm

As the sample English sentence normally refers to future time, I would recommend ผมอาจจะไม่มีเวลา.
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Re: Question about "may not have"

Postby Tgeezer » Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:43 pm

อาจไม่มีเวลาพอ...กระมัง
I am on Weekend with four Thai speakers and it is interesting how little Thai is needed. I exclaimed "โถ" at the state of my shoes last evening and they were amused, they say it's โบราณ , I copy it from one of my golfing partners; putt misses:โถ , so what they say wont stop me using โถ. กระมัง perhaps will become มั้ง. อาจ แสดงความคาดดะเนและใช้มั้งได้ย่างเดียวกัน but both used in the same sentence seems to be the form. อาจจะ similarly seems to be the form as well ความคาดคะเน notwithstanding.
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Re: Question about "may not have"

Postby Pirin » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:42 pm

ผมอาจจะไม่มีเวลา = formal

ผมคงจะไม่มีเวลา = less formal

ผมคงไม่มีเวลา = informal
เสนาะโสตเสียงสุนทรีย์มีสรรค์สร้าง ลิขิตทางวางบรรจบสบสองเรา
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