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What is the deference between the sentences?
She might help you.
She may help you.
He may not....
He might not....
The modal auxiliary "might" expresses a weaker possibility than "may".
Used to indicate a possibility or probability that is weaker than may: We might discover a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
If you have any further questions about this, I'll gladly reply.
Perhaps it's different in the US.
If I tell you "I might go to the party", you are just as likely to find me there as if I say "I may go to the party".
In fact, I'd use "might" for all cases in contexts like this.
Last edited by Raymott; 22-Jul-2009 at 16:27.
I meant your understanding of the the differences between the sentences you wrote. I am asking for some input from you - that is, What is your current understanding of the implications of "She might help you" and "She may help you".
I would like to say that I feel this distinction is, in part, validated by the fact that we can use "might" to politely ask permission or make a request. However, we would not answer with "might" because "might" is weaker.
Might I, please, impose upon you to do me a favor? Yes, you may. But not, "
yes, you might".
"Logcial, Captain. There is a parallel relationship between "can" and "could".
"Yes, very logical indeed. Thank you, Mr. Spock. Could we, please, talk about this further when we return to the ship?"
"Yes, we can, Captain."
"Two to beam up, Mr. Scott."