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    Default can vs may

    Hello, teachers,

    Are there any differences in nuance between the following sentences?


    Smoking can cause lung cancer.
    Smoking may cause lung cancer.

    My impression is “can” has higher risk of lung cancer.


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    Default Re: can vs may

    Quote Originally Posted by Haru56 View Post
    Hello, teachers,

    Are there any differences in nuance between the following sentences?


    Smoking can cause lung cancer.
    Smoking may cause lung cancer.

    My impression is “can” has higher risk of lung cancer.

    I don't read any difference in those two. Both mean that it "might" cause lung cancer. It's a possibility.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: can vs may

    Thank You,emsr2d2

    I learned that “might”is less possible than “may”.
    So, I just wonderedif there is a difference in the degreeof possibility between “can” and “may”.



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