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    Post Use of 'may'

    Dear teachers

    Does this sentence read well?

    I would like to test engines A, B, C and others the company may have available.

    A, B and C represent car makers.

    I would have simply used 'has available' subjected to the condition I know they have other cars.

    Thank you

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    Re: Use of 'may'

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers

    Does this sentence read well?

    I would like to test engines A, B, C and others the company may have available.

    A, B and C represent car makers.

    I would have simply used 'has available' subjected to the condition I know they have other cars.

    Thank you
    Yes, your sentence is fine.

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    Re: Use of 'may'

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers

    Does this sentence read well?

    I would like to test engines A, B, C and others the company may have available.

    A, B and C represent car makers.

    I would have simply used 'has available' subjected to the condition I know they have other cars.

    Thank you.
    I would use either "... the company has/have available" or "... the company might have available". You will find many threads on this forum explaining that "may" means "be allowed to".

    The company may offer other engines = The company is allowed to offer other engines.
    The company might offer other engines = It is possible that the company offers other engines.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Use of 'may'

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would use either "... the company has/have available" or "... the company might have available". You will find many threads on this forum explaining that "may" means "be allowed to".

    The company may offer other engines = The company is allowed to offer other engines.
    The company might offer other engines = It is possible that the company offers other engines.
    "May", as well as "might", can be used as a measure of likelihood or possibility. Most people see "may" as more likely than "might".

    It may rain tomorrow.
    It might rain tomorrow.

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    #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers

    Does this sentence read well?

    I would like to test engines A, B, C and others the company may have available.

    A, B and C represent car makers.

    I would have simply used 'has available' subjected to the condition I know they have other cars.

    Thank you
    I agree with you. Neither may nor might is required. The simple "has available" works just fine.

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    #6

    Re: Use of 'may'

    How about this structure-

    I would like to test engines A, B, C and others that company has to offer.

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    Re: Use of 'may'

    Quote Originally Posted by sdpegasus View Post
    How about this structure-

    I would like to test engines A, B, C and others that the company has to offer.
    It's OK with 'the'.

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    Re: Use of 'may'

    Quote Originally Posted by sdpegasus View Post
    How about this structure-

    I would like to test engines A, B, C and others that company has to offer.
    I think it's fine as it is. My initial reaction was to say that it needed "the" before "company". However, I then realised that it might be considered to mean "that company" in which case there is an implied "which" before it.

    I would like to test engines A, B and C and others [which] that company has to offer.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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