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    can vs may

    Is there a difference in meaning between "can" and "may" in the sentences below?

    His statement can be interpreted as meaning that...

    His statement may be interpreted as meaning that...

    Both "can" and "may" indicate possibility in those sentences. I'm guessing the difference is that "may" suggests a greater degree of uncertainty than "can."

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    Re: can vs may

    To me both sentences have the same meaning.

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    Re: can vs may

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Is there a difference in meaning between "can" and "may" in the sentences below?

    His statement can be interpreted as meaning that...

    His statement may be interpreted as meaning that...

    Both "can" and "may" indicate possibility in those sentences. I'm guessing the difference is that "may" suggests a greater degree of uncertainty than "can."

    Thanks for the feedback.
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    In terms of possibility, "can" is stronger than "may" that is weak.

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    Re: can vs may

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Is there a difference in meaning between "can" and "may" in the sentences below?

    His statement can be interpreted as meaning that...

    His statement may be interpreted as meaning that...

    Both "can" and "may" indicate possibility in those sentences. I'm guessing the difference is that "may" suggests a greater degree of uncertainty than "can."

    Thanks for the feedback.
    They mean pretty much the same thing. You could make a point for there being slightly different nuances, but they don't relate to level of possibility.

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