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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (in replies, used to express uncertainty)
¿Crees que a Ana le gusta Martín? - Puede ser. No lo sé.Do you think Ana likes Martín? - Maybe. I don't know.
¿Vas a casarte con ella? - Puede ser. Ya veremos.Are you going to marry her? - Perhaps. We'll see.
c. it's possible
¿Habrá otro referendo? - Puede ser.Will there be another refendum? It's possible.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Crees que despedirán a papá? - Puede ser, pero no te preocupes.Do you think Pop will be dismissed? - He may be, but don't worry about it.
No habrá bebido el whisky Julián, ¿verdad? - Ni idea, pero supongo que puede ser.You don't think it was Julián who drank the whisky, do you? - I've no idea, but I suppose it could have been him.
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