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    Modal changes in indirect speech | Grammaring - A guide to English grammar
    Student Stumper 5: May in Reported Speech | English with Jennifer

    May (permission, present) : Could

    May (permission, future) : Would be allowed to

    I have read this information on these sites and I have been a little bit confused. If the things written about 'may' is true, I would like to ask if it is a rule or can we use 'might' instead of 'could / would be allowed to'? For example;

    1- ''No one may leave the meeting before the vote is taken,” said the director.

    a- The director said that no one could leave the meeting before the vote was taken.
    b- The director said that no one might leave the meeting before the vote was taken.

    2- You may leave the table now that you're finished with your dinner.

    a- You could leave the table now that you're finished with your dinner.
    b- You might leave the table now that you're finished with your dinner.

    Could you please help me about this subject?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    Modal changes in indirect speech | Grammaring - A guide to English grammar
    Student Stumper 5: May in Reported Speech | English with Jennifer

    May (permission, present) : Could

    May (permission, future) : Would be allowed to

    I have read this information on these sites and I have been a little bit confused. If the things written about 'may' is true, I would like to ask if it is a rule or can we use 'might' instead of 'could / would be allowed to'? For example;

    1- ''No one may leave the meeting before the vote is taken,” said the director.

    a- The director said that no one could leave the meeting before the vote was taken.
    b- The director said that no one might leave the meeting before the vote was taken.

    2- You may leave the table now that you're finished with your dinner.

    a- You could leave the table now that you're finished with your dinner.
    b- You might leave the table now that you're finished with your dinner.

    Could you please help me about this subject?

    Thanks.
    a- You could leave the table now that you're finished with your dinner.
    b- You might leave the table now that you're finished with your dinner.

    These are not indirect speech.

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    Default Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    1- ''No one may leave the meeting before the vote is taken,” said the director.

    a-
    The director said that no one could leave the meeting before the vote was taken.
    b- The director said that no one might leave the meeting before the vote was taken.

    2- ''
    You may leave the table now that you're finished with your dinner,'' she said.

    a- She said that I could leave the table at that time that I was finished with my dinner.
    b- She said that I might leave the table at that time that I was finished with my dinner.
    Sorry, I forgot to change them into ''reported speech''.

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    Default Re: reported speech

    I have fixed it.

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    Default Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Sorry, I forgot to change them into ''reported speech''.
    2 a and b are completely unnatural.

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    Default Re: reported speech

    a. She said that I could/might leave the table when/because I had finished my dinner.
    Last edited by 5jj; 02-Sep-2013 at 11:48.

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