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What is this "mumg" word?
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    Quite often at work I hear Thai people use the word "mung" at the end of sentences. It is used when they are saying something like "maybe". But I thought "aht ja" and "bang tee" means "maybe". What are the rules for "mung"?

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    Gor Gai

    The word "mung" มั้ง means "perhaps" or "I guess". You would use it at the end of sentences like this:

    ter bai laew mung (she has already gone I guess)
    เธอ ไป แล้ว มั้ง

    tam-mai Lek yung mai ma? (Why hasn't Lek come yet?)
    ทำ ไม เล็ก ยัง ไม่ มา

    rot dtit mung (Maybe there is a traffic jam)
    รถ ติด มั้ง
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    Is this word slang ? I also heard it very often, more so than 'aht ja' or 'baang tee', but I haven't come across it in any of the books for learning Thai that I've read or in the (Jumbo) dictionary, which seems a bit strange seeing how common it is.

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    happy

    I am not sure if you would call it slang, but it is certainly less formal. It is something I would say in conversation to my friends but I wouldn't usually say it to my teacher

    to teacher: aht ja bai laew krap (probably already gone)
    to friends: bai laew mung (I guess he has already gone)
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    Thanks very much for your reply. I guess it is one of those words that you learn when and where to use it by listening to other people. I would be interested to hear more of these informal words that you use between friends and at a social level.

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