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    I was sure that modal verb 'may' is used for asking permission. I am reading now - 'spoken' (about asking permission).
    Let's imagine the director needs to interrupt his two eachers' dialog.
    Shoud he say 'may I interrupt you' or 'can' instead of 'may'?

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    He should ask if he may. By speaking up he already has shown that he can.

    Many people use "can" for permission nowadays. It seems somewhat pedantic to ask the toll taker "may I have a receipt?" I say something like "Can I get a receipt?"

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    Let's suppose he's a very kind and considerate director. What should he say?

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    I already said that he should say "may."

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    Re: may

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post

    I say something like "Can I get a receipt?"
    Please note, towcats, that BE speakers do not use that construction.

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    Re: may

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Please note, towcats, that BE speakers do not use that construction.
    Some do- to the annoyance of others.

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    Re: may

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Some do- to the annoyance of others.
    Particularly fathers.

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