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    #1

    can could may might

    1. She could lead the only Chinese democracy.

    2. She may lead the only Chinese democracy.

    3. She might lead the only Chinese democracy.

    4. She can lead the only Chinese democracy.

    What's the difference in meaning beween the above sentences?

    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: can could may might

    I think 'could' and 'might' refer to 'possibility', while 'can' and 'may' refer to 'ability' and 'being allowed' respectively, but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: can could may might

    May can also be about possibility.

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