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Modal Verb_ May and Might

MAMEN
Ccee uoc-universitat oberta de catalunya
Escrito por Mamen Exposito
el 02/12/2009

Hiya!

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?

Rodolfo Martinez
Bachiller nacional e.e.l.a nº 26 “juan...
Escrito por Rodolfo Martinez
el 09/12/2009

Hi MAMEN; how are you?


may

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

might

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.
See you soon.
Mamen Exposito
Ccee uoc-universitat oberta de catalunya
Escrito por Mamen Exposito
el 15/12/2009

Hi Rodolfo!

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?

See you soon. And Merry Christmas for you!

Rodolfo Martinez
Bachiller nacional e.e.l.a nº 26 “juan...
Escrito por Rodolfo Martinez
el 16/12/2009

Hello Mamen, how are you? You´re welcome. Yes, I think in some cases the use of Might and May in possibility, could be depend on the speaker. Keep in touch my friend and Merry Christmas for you too.

Jordi Acacio
Ingeniero técnico en informática de ge...
Escrito por Jordi Acacio
el 29/12/2009

Rodolfo!
Your English level is fantastic!
In fact I didn't know the diference between may and migh before read your explain.
Thanks and I hope you can help us more and more.

See you

PD. : see you to Mamen too

Rodolfo Martinez
Bachiller nacional e.e.l.a nº 26 “juan...
Escrito por Rodolfo Martinez
el 03/01/2010

Hi Jordi, how are you doing? Thanks for your comment. All of us can help each other, take care and see you later.

Juana Raquel Solis Venturo
Secretariado margarita cabrera
Escrito por Juana Raquel Solis Venturo
el 06/01/2010

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.

We will be contact by the same way. Bye, Bye,

Robert Cuadros
Ciencia de la informática auto-capacit...
Escrito por Robert Cuadros
el 07/01/2010

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

Best wishes

Robert

Israel Diaz
Educaciòn : con el rol profesional ce...
Escrito por Israel Diaz
el 08/01/2010

Modals verbs:
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.
Example:
-You MUST improve your work
-We HAD TO leave the country immediately

-Usamos SHOULD para expresar obligación media; su pasado es SHOULD HAVE
Example:
-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.
Example:
-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......


Rodolfo Martinez
Bachiller nacional e.e.l.a nº 26 “juan...
Escrito por Rodolfo Martinez
el 16/01/2010

Hello Juana, how are you doing? Thanks for your comentary. Rigoberto, Robert and Israel; thanks for participating in this debate too; see you soon.


Robert Cuadros
Ciencia de la informática auto-capacit...
Escrito por Robert Cuadros
el 27/01/2010

Hi guys, girls!

Let's read:

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

Kind regards

Robert

Rodolfo Martinez
Bachiller nacional e.e.l.a nº 26 “juan...
Escrito por Rodolfo Martinez
el 10/03/2010

Robert, how are you my friend? Your explanations are very good. I hope you´re having a very nice week. See you soon.

J. Elvia Zuniga Galicia
Licenciada (profesora de inglés) esc. ...
Escrito por J. Elvia Zuniga Galicia
el 11/03/2010

Hello Mamen! We use MAY to say that things are POSSIBLE, PERHAPS they are not true or they will not happen.

Examples:

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.

Jorge Guzman
Bachiller academico institucion educat...
Escrito por Jorge Guzman
el 12/03/2010

Hello mamen

how are you?

You can use MIGHT for aspects or sentences that to be POSSIBLE and too used MIGHT for make sentences of the suggerings.

Althought, I am studing english but I want learn it. This explains liked me. Thanks by your answer.

Toiff Dda
Filología inglesa málaga universidad
Escrito por Toiff Dda
el 17/03/2010

You may buy a new car next year. It,s possible that you buy a car.

You might buy a new car. It,s nearly impossible that you can buy a car.

I hope you can understand the difference

Fibiluna

Jotaele Silveira
Huelva, España
Escrito por Jotaele Silveira
el 20/03/2010

Hola MAmen-

May- significa _ Puedo

Might - Significa - POdría

Esa esa la diferencia esencial. Si te interesa y sin compromiso de horarios, puedo ayudarte y recibir ayuda para conversar en inglés.-

Saludos:
José Luis
BArcelona

Carlos Menendez
San Salvador, El Sal...
Escrito por Carlos Menendez
el 14/06/2010

"Jotaele Silveira escribió:

Hola MAmen-

May- significa _ Puedo

Might - Significa - POdría

Esa esa la diferencia esencial. Si te interesa y sin compromiso de horarios, puedo ayudarte y recibir ayuda para conversar en inglés.-

Saludos:
José Luis
BArcelona

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Elena
Escrito por Elena
el 28/06/2010

Hi group, I've decided to improve my english level because I'm conscious that I have some difficulties with grammar and listening. I would like to share with you experiences and documents about that.

Best Regards,

Emil Schaer

Elena
Escrito por Elena
el 28/06/2010

Sorry, I was thinking about a customer and put the signature with his name!

Israel Diaz
Educaciòn : con el rol profesional ce...
Escrito por Israel Diaz
el 16/10/2014

Talking about modals verbs is very interesting so we can to learn more Britihs english grammar if you are willing! Atte: Israel Diaz

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