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  1. Cap1034
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    What is the difference between might and may?"

    I hope you might come home soon.
    I hope you may come home soon.

    What is the difference?
    I would like a native speaker's opinion.

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    Re: What is the difference between might and may?"

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesmorgan View Post
    I hope you might come home soon.
    I hope you may come home soon.

    What is the difference?
    I would like a native speaker's opinion.
    The first is better than the second but I find neither of them very natural.

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    Re: What is the difference between might and may?"

    Do they mean the same thing?

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    Re: What is the difference between might and may?"

    I am not a teacher.

    I don't feel that your sample sentences are very natural. I think you mean to say "I hope that you will come home soon."

    Also you should know that "might" is the past of "may".

    X says, "I may come home soon."
    X said that he might come home soon.

    When these words are used to express uncertainty or possibility they are largely interchangeable.
    It is then a question of degree and in this respect "might" is considered by some to express less certainty than "may".

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    Re: What is the difference between might and may?"

    There are times when it could work- if, say, the person is in hospital and not free to leave, I could use I hope you may come home soon.

  5. Cap1034
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    Re: What is the difference between might and may?"

    In the situation you just gave me, I could use either may or might without chancing the overall meaning?

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    Re: What is the difference between might and may?"

    I would use may, with the idea of being allowed to leave.

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    Re: What is the difference between might and may?"

    I don't think the original sentence needs a modal at all. "I hope (that) you come home soon" works just fine.

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