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〜まい [〜まい] (mai-2)
    Meaning: probably won't
    Example: you probably won't die from this illness
    JLPT Level: 2
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

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This is an auxiliary which expresses the negative volition or conjecture of the speaker. It is basically a written form, used in formal writing.

For Gr. 2 verbs, Vmasu is occasionally used instead of Vinf・nonpast. For irregular verbs, すまい and こまい are sometimes used instead of するまいand くるまい, respectively. See examples #, #, and #.

まい does not have a past form. The past tense is expressed by other verbs. See examples # and #.

The volition of someone other than the speaker can be expressed by まい, as in example #. Note that と思う is used to express the volition of someone other than the speaker. Thus, example # expresses the conjecture of the speaker rather than the volition of Keiko.

Vinf・nonpastまいとする expresses the idea of "try not to V." See example #. When this structure is used in a subordinate clause, する is often omitted, as in example #.

VvolitionalかVinf・nonpastまいか expresses the idea "whether (I) will V or not," as in example #.
 
(rubyhatchet)
Vnonpastまい
1. 行くまい (〜will not go; probably will not go)
2. 教えるまい (〜will not teach; probably will not teach)

Adj(i)stemくはあるまい
1. 高くはあるまい (〜is probably not expensive)

Adj(na)stem/Nounであるまい
1. 静かではあるまい (〜is probably not quiet)
2. 先生ではあるまい (〜is probably not a teacher)
 
(rubyhatchet)

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ex #425   この病気で死ぬまいと思うが、念のため医者に相談して下さい。 
You probably won't die from this illness, but just in case please consult a doctor.  
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(dc)
ex #493   ハイテクばかりが起業ではあるまい 
Just high-tech isn't enough to get a business started.  
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(Amatuka)
ex #4693   5人に1人が車を持つようになる日も遠くあるまい 
It will not be long before one out of five persons comes to have a car.  
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(Miki)
ex #4694   ああいう風ではたいした者になれまい 
If he goes on like that, he will never amount to much.  
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(Miki)
ex #4695   いかなる状況のもとでも、王女が王位を継承することはあるまい 
Under no circumstances will the princess succeed to the throne.  
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(Miki)
ex #4696   この牛乳は明日までもつまい 
This milk won't keep till tomorrow.  
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(Miki)
ex #4697   そのことですぐに何か手を打たねばなるまい 
Something must be done about it in no time.  
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(Miki)
ex #4698   それは君の役には立つまい 
That won't help you.  
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(Miki)
ex #4699   そんな噂は誰も信じまい 
Nobody will believe that rumor.  
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(Miki)
ex #4701   火星へ旅行できる日も遠くあるまい 
It won't be long before we can travel to Mars.  
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(Miki)
ex #4703   今度は罪をまぬがれまい 
We'll get in this time.  
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(Miki)
ex #4704   少々のウイスキーを飲んでも害にはなりますまい 
It'll do no harm to drink a little whisky.  
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(Miki)
ex #6088   彼はもう英語は教えまい 
He probably won't teach English any more.  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6089   彼女はそんなことはすまい 
She probably won't do such a thing.  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6090   こんな機会は二度とこまい 
Such an opportunity probably won't come again.  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6091   清のパーティーにはもう行くまいと思った。 
I decided (lit. thought) that I would not go to Kiyoshi's parties any more.  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6092   もう橋本には何も頼むまいと心に決めた。 
I am determined not to ask any more favors of Hashimoto.  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6093   恵子は清のパーティーにはもう行くまいと思った。 
Keiko decided (lit. thought) that she would not go to Kiyoshi's parties any more.  
 [edit]  
(rubyhatchet)
ex #6094   恵子は清のパーティーにもう行くまい 
Keiko probably won't go to Kiyoshi's parties any more.  
 [edit]  
(rubyhatchet)
ex #6095   彼は私のハンドバッグを取ろうとしたが、私は取られ(る)まいとして脇の下に強くはさんだ。 
He tried to take my bag, but I held it tightly under my arm, trying to keep it from being taken.  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6096   私は負け(る)まいと頑張った。 
I hung in there, trying not to lose (the game).  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6098   日本へ行こう行くまいか迷った。 
I couldn't decided whether or not I should go to Japan.  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #8089   それは大した金にはなるまい 
It won`t fetch me much.  
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(karekano)

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      Comments:  
    AmatukaThis usage is now generally replaced by ないだろう 
    AmatukaCommonly used with あるまい 
    AmatukaHmm, my example might be 'mai-3' : expression of a negative that is natural or appropriate. 
    MikiAs for the first example, we don't say 死ぬまい for the third person. We'd say 病気で死ぬことはあるまいと思うが、…。
    When you talk about yourself, you'd say この病気で死ぬまい、絶対生きてやる。
     
    dcin # what does まぬがれまい mean? 
    Mikiまぬかれる is a dictonary form. It is also pronounced as まぬがれる. 免れる means 逃れる.
    まぬがれ + まい (neg) >>> You will not be able to escape from being punished this time.
     
    nazonatte69Is this similar to あるわけない? 
    karekanoI`m not sure if my example # is really this -mai.  

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