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  1. B45
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    I'm talking to my house keeper. I say: Starting next week I might need you to stay

    I'm talking to my house keeper. I say:

    Starting next week I might need you to stay longer.

    VS

    Starting next week I may need you to stay longer.

    Are both the same and usable?

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    Re: I'm talking to my house keeper. I say: Starting next week I might need you to s

    You will hear both but many people will tell you that "might" is the only acceptable answer because your context involves possibility. "May" should, according to some, be used only when asking for or granting permission.

    I might need you to stay longer.
    You might need to stay longer.

    May I go home early?
    Yes, you may. Off you go.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I'm talking to my house keeper. I say: Starting next week I might need you to s

    For me, "may" and "might" both indicate possibility in that context. Some say that "may" means greater possibility than "might" but opinions vary on that.

    It may rain tomorrow.
    It might rain tomorrow.

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