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    a. He might come into our room.
    b. He could come into our room.

    Could the above sentences be used to mean:
    He had the permission to come into our room.

    c.He mightn't come into our room.
    d. He couldn't come into our room.

    Could the above sentences be used to mean:
    He didn't have the permission to come into our room.

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    'Might' is not used much for permission. It would be more common in both examples to use 'may' instead. I would understand both examples with 'might' to refer to possibility not authorisation.

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    Default Re: may

    But one can't use "may" when one is talking about the past. I think "could" is OK though.

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