Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2006
    • Posts: 1,340
    • Post Thanks / Like

    may I , can I

    I want to know the reason why as I asked questions in the forum, I putMay I at the begining of the sentence to show my appreciation to all answer my questions, the questions are always corrected to Can I?

    eg My questions are corrected :

    FROM : May I know the differences between hardworking and diligent?
    TO " Can I know the differences between hardworking and diligent?


  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,135
    • Post Thanks / Like

    Re: may I , can I

    'May I...' is the formally correct way to ask permission to do something. Most people nowadays use 'Can I...' in its place.

    'May I know the reason for this decision?' is correct, but rather formal.

    'May I Know the differences....' sounds strange - you hardly need to ask permission to know the differences between things. Even 'Can I....' is a litle odd. It would be more natural to ask:

    'Can/could/would you tell me the differences...'


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts