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    please tell me the difference between can, may ,should, would,might ,could with examples

    is this correct
    can i sit here ---> request
    may i sit here ----> permission
    and
    you might not do this
    you should not do this
    please explain me elaborately :?

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    I'd say that 'can' and 'may' are being used the same way there. Some say that only 'may' is to be used when asking for permission, but this does not reflect English usage, where they are both used. 'May' is morelikely to be used in formal settings.

    you might not do this = it is possible
    you should not do this = it is better if you don't

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