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    use of 'may' another complication for me

    we say 'may i come in', it's a question, but we also say 'May God bless you' or 'May you live long' in the first sentence it's a question and in others it's praying, can some one explain the difference with reference to grammar. Thanks.

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    Re: use of 'may' another complication for me

    Quote Originally Posted by hznaeem View Post
    we say 'may i come in', it's a question, but we also say 'May God bless you' or 'May you live long' in the first sentence it's a question and in others it's praying, can some one explain the difference with reference to grammar. Thanks.
    'May' is most commonly used to express possibility. It can also be used to give or request permission, although this usage is becoming less common.

    in your sentence:

    The first may, mean PERMISSION,
    and the second, mean hope or request a possibility

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    Re: use of 'may' another complication for me

    thanks, kindly have a look at my other new posted questions and if possible also point out critically the mistakes in my writings. This would be really appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: use of 'may' another complication for me

    Quote Originally Posted by takien View Post
    'May' is most commonly used to express possibility. It can also be used to give or request permission, although this usage is becoming less common.

    in your sentence:

    The first may, mean PERMISSION,
    and the second, mean hope or request a possibility

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    can't we say "God may bless you" "You may live long" as in the first sentence "may i come in" 'may' in start of the sentence shows a question but in the others it's showing a hope/pray.

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    Question Re: use of 'may' another complication for me

    Quote Originally Posted by takien View Post
    'May' is most commonly used to express possibility. It can also be used to give or request permission, although this usage is becoming less common.

    in your sentence:

    The first may, mean PERMISSION,
    and the second, mean hope or request a possibility

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    can't we say "God may bless you" "You may live long" as in the first sentence "may i come in" 'may' in start of the sentence shows a question but in the others it's showing a hope/pray.

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    Re: use of 'may' another complication for me

    Quote Originally Posted by hznaeem View Post
    can't we say "God may bless you" "You may live long" as in the first sentence "may i come in" 'may' in start of the sentence shows a question but in the others it's showing a hope/pray.
    No you can't.
    i) It's not your place to tell God what he can do.
    ii) It's generally accepted that one may live long. It doesn't normally add anything to say it.

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