Correct spelling


Correct spelling, explanation: maybe has a pretty straightforward etymology, as it comes from the phrase may be. Separately, the phrase may be used in many contexts, when conjoined into maybe the adverb has a slightly narrowed meaning, but the core stays unchanged and sometimes the words can be used interchangeably. This relationship dictates the way the word is spelled.

Definition of maybe:
1. Possibly, perhaps
Maybe in the future, it’ll be possible to live on Mars.
If she doesn’t like her workplace, maybe it’s time to look for a new job.

Incorrect spelling


Incorrect spelling, explanation: the word mabye doesn’t really have anything to relate to and no history, and when read out loud, it doesn’t really sound like English. It’s really difficult to get a meaning out of it – unlike maybe, which has a clear etymology laid out in the spelling.