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    Default "may/might certainly" and "may/might indeed"?

    Is it correct to say "may/might certainly" or "may/might indeed", instead of "may well/very well"?
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    "You may certainly think that..."
    "You might certainly think that..."
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    "You may indeed think that..."
    "You might indeed think that..."

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    Default Re: "may/might certainly" and "may/might indeed"?

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    Yes, it is a good waffle as a lubricant for communication.
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    Default Re: "may/might certainly" and "may/might indeed"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
    a good waffle as a lubricant for communication
    What does that idiom mean?

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    Default Re: "may/might certainly" and "may/might indeed"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Is it correct to say "may/might certainly" or "may/might indeed", instead of "may well/very well"?
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    "You may certainly think that..."
    "You might certainly think that..."
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    "You may indeed think that..."
    "You might indeed think that..."

    "You may very well think that..."
    "You might very well think that..."
    Semantically, these do not mean the same as,

    1) He may/might very well go to the party.

    Number 1) represents the upper range of certainty for 'may'. The speaker is making a prediction based on the knowledge they have about this situation, "him going to the party".

    In all the other situations, this would normally be glossed [interpreted] as,

    "Allowing that there's the possibility you think [something], ..."

    This is often used in a debate/discussion and it can be a social lubricant as Mr M noted, but, depending on the intonation, it can range upward to be a strong rebuke.

    A: "You may/might indeed think that, but it would clearly illustrate that you're full of s**t."
    Last edited by riverkid; 06-Oct-2006 at 19:46.

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    Default Re: "may/might certainly" and "may/might indeed"?

    So does this sound not very natural?
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    You may certainly find this language difficult to learn.

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    Default Re: "may/might certainly" and "may/might indeed"?

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    It sounds fine to me.
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    Default Re: "may/might certainly" and "may/might indeed"?

    So what does "You may very well think that it is..." mean?, "You may be very likely to think that it is..."?

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    Default Re: "may/might certainly" and "may/might indeed"?

    Please answer me.

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    Default Re: "may/might certainly" and "may/might indeed"?

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    As riverkid explained last month, it depends on intonation-- and the rest of the conversation.
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