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    May & Might

    Kindly someone clear me, How to use May and Might in a tense.
    This is very difficult for me to understand, i.e some time it is written as
    1: This file may have been deleted by Adam.
    2: He might have been helped by Adam.

    What is the difference in the above uses of May/Might. Kindly clear me, I will be thankful to all of you.
    Regards.

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    Exclamation Re: May & Might

    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul basit jadoon View Post
    Kindly someone clear me, How to use May and Might in a tense.
    This is very difficult for me to understand, i.e some time it is written as
    1: This file may have been deleted by Adam.
    2: He might have been helped by Adam.

    What is the difference in the above uses of May/Might. Kindly clear me, I will be thankful to all of you.
    Regards.
    There is a subtle difference between the two modal verbs and they are almost interchangeable. They both indicate that something is possible, but something that may happen is more likely than something that might happen. You’re more likely to get wet if the forecaster says:
    It may rain to-day, than if she says: it might rain
    Please note that “May" is mainly used for a question and "might" for a statement.
    You say: "May I go to the bathroom?" NOT "Might" I go to the bathroom?.

    Also remember that might is the past tense of may. So you have to use might when you are referring to the past. For example, even if it's likely that your friend went to a party last night:
    You shouldn't say, “My friend may have gone to the party.’ (Not correct)
    you should say, “My friend might have gone to the party.”
    To learn more about the difference. Please read:https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as.../27115-ms.html,

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    Re: May & Might

    Thank you very much:
    Sir now this is very very clear to me, I have understood these points right now. I would like to request you kindly post reply to questions as I am very poor in english language.

    Best & Heartly Regards
    A. Basit Jadoon

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    Re: May & Might

    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul basit jadoon View Post
    Kindly someone clear me, How to use May and Might in a tense.
    This is very difficult for me to understand, i.e some time it is written as
    1: This file may have been deleted by Adam.
    2: He might have been helped by Adam.

    What is the difference in the above uses of May/Might. Kindly clear me, I will be thankful to all of you.
    Regards.
    ********** NOT a teacher **********

    Hello, Mr. Jadoon.

    (1) I have read that there is a BIG difference between

    might have been & may have been.

    (2) Professor John Honey in his Language is Power says that

    many native speakers do not understand the difference, either.

    (3) I hope that I understand his explanation.

    (4) Use may have been when you still do not know what happened:

    Tom: Where is the file?

    Martha: I do not know, but it may have been deleted by Adam. I

    saw him using the computer an hour ago.

    Tom: Thank you. I am having dinner with him tonight. I shall ask him

    whether or not he deleted the file.

    (5) Use might have been when we already know what happened:

    Sue: Did you hear that George failed the test today?

    Joe: Yes, I did. And I'm really angry with Adam.

    Sue: Why?

    Joe: Well, George might have been helped by Adam to pass the test,

    but Adam refused to help him. When George asked Adam for help yesterday,

    Adam said, "Sorry, I can't help you. I'm going to a party tonight."

    THANK YOU

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