I can´t understant what is the different between May and Might.
Do you know when we have to use May and when we have to use Might? Could you explain it for me?
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Modal Verb_ May and Might
Hi MAMEN; how are you?
We can use 'may' to ask for permission. However this is rather formal and not used very often in modern spoken English
- May I borrow your pen?
- May we think about it?
- May I go now?
We use 'may' to suggest something is possible
- It may rain later today.
- I may not have time to do it today.
- Pete may come with us
We use 'might' to suggest a small possibility of something. Often we read that 'might' suggests a smaller possibility that 'may', there is in fact little difference and 'might is more usual than 'may' in spoken English.
- She might be at home by now but it's not sure at all.
- It might rain this afternoon.
- I might not have time to go to the shops for you.
- I might not go.
For the past, we use 'might have'.
- He might have tried to call while I was out.
- I might have dropped it in the street.
Thanks for your explanation, It was pretty clear.
I have other question, ¿The use of Might and May in possibility, could be depend on the speaker? I mean It could depend on How the speaker feel the situation?
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Rodolfo Matinez: Are you an English teacher? In all my life I haven't heard your clearly explaining om the conditional verbs May & Might. Thank you very much. I can pass this information to my grandchildren. I Wish a very happy New Year 2010.
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Hi guys, girls!
Very interesting. May is a modal verb which indicates possibility. If something may happen or may be true, there is a possibility that it will happen or be true but this is not sure. For example:
1. Ok, I may have failed on the exam.
2. Tomorrow morning may be too early for Rodolfo. Call him up at noon.
3. We may not have any good annotation about the issue.
4. Changing my personal data may break our contract.
This is the first part
Aparte de ser usados para describir grados de seguridad, los verbos modales tambien son usados de la siguiente manera:
1. - Obligación, Prohibición, O Falta De Obligación.
a) Se usa MUST` para ejercer obligación. El pasado de MIUST es HAD TO.
-You MUST improve your work
-We HAD TO leave the country immediately
-Usamos SHOULD para expresar obligación media; su pasado es SHOULD HAVE
-You SHOULD see a doctor
-YoU should have gone to visit your gradmother.
-OJO! Usamos MUST NOT para expresar prohibición. El pasado de MUST NOT para expresar prohibición es WASN"T/ WEREN"T ALLOWED TO.
-You MUST NOT go into the mine it! S dangerous
We WEREN"T ALLOWED TO use our mobile phones in the building. I hope enjoy it... First delivery......
Hi guys, girls!
1. Hi Rodolfo, may I speak to you, please?
2. Israel, may I participate in the clean-up of home?
3. Mabel, may I suggest another restaurant?
4. Good morning Mr Diaz, may I help you?
So, "May I" is used to ask courteously if you can do something.
This is the second part
Hello Mamen! We use MAY to say that things are POSSIBLE, PERHAPS they are not true or they will not happen.
What´s that animal? I´m not sure, it may be a lizard.
I may go to France next vacation. (We do not use may in this way in questions.)
And, we can use MIGHT in the same way as MAY - especially if we are not a hundred percent sure about things.
Examples: I might not be here next week.
Are you sick? I am not sure I might have the flu. Or perhaps not.
"Jotaele Silveira escribió: Hola MAmen-
May- significa _ Puedo
Might - Significa - POdría
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Sorry, I was thinking about a customer and put the signature with his name!