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    Might (giving permission)

    I'd be grateful to know the difference between the two sentences in terms of giving permission. That is why 'might' can be used in the first sentence while is wrong in the second:

    You ___________ leave if you've finished.
    You ________ use my dictionary if you want.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Might (giving permission)

    'Might' is unnatural in both, 'May' is possible.

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    Re: Might (giving permission)

    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    I'd be grateful to know the difference between the two sentences in terms of giving permission. That is why 'might' can be used in the first sentence while is wrong in the second:

    You ___________ leave if you've finished.
    You ________ use my dictionary if you want.

    Thanks in advance.
    I wouldn't use "might" in either sentence. I would use "may" or "can".

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    Re: Might (giving permission)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Might' is unnatural in both, 'May' is possible.
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I wouldn't use "might" in either sentence. I would use "may" or "can".
    That was absolutely clear before I saw this (Q1) Could it possibly be a typo?

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    Re: Might (giving permission)

    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    Could it possibly be a typo?
    I'd call it simply a mistake.

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    Re: Might (giving permission)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I'd call it simply a mistake.
    Thanks, you did take a load off my mind.
    On the other hand, critical thinking is what some are lacking Thanks for the lesson.

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