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  1. Newbie
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    Could and Might

    Hi all,

    After I read the article "Understanding How Could Might and May Are Used to Express Possibility", I have an question in my mind.
    "might" is the past tense of "may", same for "could" and "can"

    For the example from this article below, both questions are asked with present tense. My question is why the person used past tense to reply the question. Thank you all for your time.

    A. We’ve got two weeks off in July. What do you want to do? B. We could go to Maine or Vermont.
    A. What do you think you'll do with those two weeks you have off in July?
    B. I might go to Maine or Vermont.

  2. 5jj's Avatar
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    Re: Could and Might

    For many speakers of English there is no difference in meaning between may and might when expressing possibility. Some speakers do not use may at all.


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