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    May or Might

    I might have forgotten my cell in a classroom or I may have forgotten my cell in a classroom. If both are correct what shows more possibility may or might?

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    Re: May or Might

    Quote Originally Posted by oxford2011 View Post
    "I might have forgotten my cell in a classroom" or " I may have forgotten my cell in a classroom"?. If both are correct, which what shows more possibility, 'may' or 'might'?
    Some speakers consider that 'may' suggests a greater possibility than 'might, but many do not. Some speakers rarely or never use 'may'. For practical purposes, assume that there is no significant difference.

    Quotation marks (or italics) would make your question easier to read.

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    Re: May or Might

    Thanks for the reply. It made a sense to me.
    I am facing a lot of problem in using following:
    1. Could have/have been
    2.Would have/have been
    3. Might have/have been
    4. May have/have been
    5. Had been
    I just cant understand how to use the above mentioned words properly.
    Could you please explain it to me with some examples.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: May or Might

    Quote Originally Posted by oxford2011 View Post
    Thanks for the reply. It made a sense to me.
    I am facing a lot of problem in using following:
    1. Could have/have been
    2.Would have/have been
    3. Might have/have been
    4. May have/have been
    5. Had been
    I just cant understand how to use the above mentioned words properly.
    Could you please explain it to me with some examples.
    Thanks in advance.
    Are you studying any grammar, oxford? Some students find this helps enormously. If you understand the differences between 'could', 'would', 'might', and realise that the auxiliary verbs just signify various tenses, these phrases become a lot easier. Hindi also has modal verbs and past tense and various perfect tenses, so the concepts shouldn't be hard. But you do have to study it before you understand it.

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    Re: May or Might

    Thanks for the advise. Although I read the previous threads, I am still confused between following sentences. Actually I need to know when or how should I use it in correct form
    For example:
    1. If I hadnt stopped them they would have fought futher.
    2. If didnt stop them they would have fought futher.
    3. If I hadnt stopped them they would have been fought futher.
    4. If I hadnt stopped them they would had been fought futher.
    5. If I wasnt stopped them they would have fought futher.

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    Re: May or Might

    Quote Originally Posted by oxford2011 View Post
    Thanks for the advise. Although I read the previous threads, I am still confused between following sentences. Actually I need to know when or how should I use it in correct form
    For example:
    1. If I hadnt stopped them they would have fought futher.
    2. If didnt stop them they would have fought futher.
    3. If I hadnt stopped them they would have been fought futher.
    4. If I hadnt stopped them they would had been fought futher.
    5. If I wasnt stopped them they would have fought futher.

    #3-5 are impossible, and none of them is correctly written.

    I would suggest that you work your way systematically through an English grammar study text. One by one, each of the many structures about which you appear to be confused will be covered.

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    Re: May or Might

    Quote Originally Posted by oxford2011 View Post
    I might have forgotten my cell in a classroom or I may have forgotten my cell in a classroom. If both are correct what shows more possibility may or might?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) The teachers here always remind us that context is very important to help them

    answer questions.

    (2) You did not say how you wanted to use those sentences.

    (3) In some situations, I believe that there would be a big difference (if I understand

    correctly Professor John Honey's Language is Power).

    (a) He says that might have + past participle = could have happened but did not.

    may have + past participle = could have happened but we do not know yet.

    ***

    Martha: How was school today?

    Oxford: Well, I almost lost my cell.

    Martha: What happened?

    Oxford: Well, I put my cell under my chair and forgot about it. I might have

    forgotten my cell if it had not been for a classmate who reminded me about my

    cell being under the chair. I was so grateful that I treated her to a

    coffee and a donut.

    ***

    Mona: How was your day?

    Oxford: Not so good.

    Mona: What happened?

    Oxford: I lost my cell.

    Mona: Where did you lose it?

    Oxford: I'm not sure. Maybe on the bus; maybe at the supermarket; maybe

    walking on the street. But since I spend so much time at the university, I suspect

    that I may have forgotten it in one of the classrooms. After dinner, I'm going to go

    back to school and carefully search for it in all the classrooms.

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