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    Smile May & Might

    Dear Teachers,

    I wonder what the difference is between the following two sentences

    1. I want to go if I may.
    2. I want to go if I might.

    Your guidance is highly appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I wonder what the difference is between the following two sentences

    1. I want to go if I may.
    2. I want to go if I might.

    Your guidance is highly appreciated.

    Thanks.
    When you use ‘if’ to introduce a clause, it becomes a conditional sentence. There are three types of conditional sentences. In each cases the tense used in the main clause as well as the if clause follow certain rules.
    I'll clean the bathroom if you clean the lounge. (main clause-will future, if clause-simple present)
    If it's sunny, we'll go to the park. (if clause first- simple present, main clause - will future)

    The if clauses in the example sentences are not complete clauses, besides use of modal verbs may and might are rarely used in a if clause.

    You can say: I want to go if I find time.

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    Re: May & Might

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I wonder what the difference is between the following two sentences

    1. I want to go if I may.
    2. I want to go if I might.
    There is no difference, but "may" is more common, as far as I know.
    Both "may" and "might" are asking permission to go.

    Thanks.
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