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Maybe is an adverb.

Normally, people put "Maybe" at the beginning of a sentence.

Ex: Maybe we have a problem

My question is:

Do we put "maybe" before a verb? Ex: "We maybe have a problem" it sounds very strange.

It is very good if your answer includes some referencing source.

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Maybe is what's known as an adverb of certainty or adverb of probability - it's used to show how certain we are about something. Commonly used adverbs of probability are:

certainly - definitely - maybe - possibly

clearly - obviously - perhaps - probably

...and the position of the adverb in the sentence depends on the adverb being used.

In the case of maybe, it is most often placed at the beginning of a sentence (more specifically, at the beginning of a clause)

  • Maybe I will be there.
  • Maybe we’ll go out to eat tonight.
  • If you are tired, then maybe it is time to go home.

In certain situations, maybe can be placed at the end of a sentence, for example, if we are making a suggestion which we are not very certain about.

A: My car won't start.
B: It could be the battery, maybe.

As mentioned in the comments, maybe can also be a sentence in itself, for example, if we wish to express uncertainty in response to a suggestion:

A: Would you like to have chicken curry for dinner?

B: Maybe.

...or if we agree that something is possible:

A: Do you think we can get to the movie theatre before 7:00?

B: Maybe.

Looking your two suggested sentences

  1. We maybe have a problem.
  2. Maybe we have a problem.

...it should take the form of maybe [clause], therefore

Maybe we have a problem.

...is the better choice.

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Short Answer: No, we don't.

Long Answer: Your gut is correct. We would say,

We might have a problem.

We may have a problem.

It may be that we have a problem. (If you really want to use "may" and "be."

As for a reference link, I simply Googled "maybe may be".

And this is a reference link on adverb placement. Scroll down to "Certainty or obligation" in the table.

Longer Answer: However, it's not completely uncommon nor wrong in that people still do it, so perhaps the rule is not a hard and fast one.

What do you think? Do the example ones of "maybe have" sound weird to you?

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