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    might be difficult/may be difficult/maybe difficult

    Are the sentence below correct? Do they mean the same?

    1. That might be difficult.
    2. That may be difficult.
    3. That maybe difficult.

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    Re: might be difficult/may be difficult/maybe difficult

    "Are the sentences below".

    1 and 2 are correct. 3 is not.

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    Re: might be difficult/may be difficult/maybe difficult

    I think 'Maybe that is difficult' is grammatical, but I am not a teacher.

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    1. That might be difficult. <- Is it the past tense?
    2. That may be difficult. <- Is it the present tense?

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    Re: might be difficult/may be difficult/maybe difficult

    I think both refer to the present, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: might be difficult/may be difficult/maybe difficult

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Kompstar:

    Here is some information that may interest you.

    One scholar says that "might" (classified as the past tense of "may") may "indicate either present or future time."

    The past tense form, he says, expresses "an idea less definitely [my emphasis] -- with a greater degree of doubt."

    He gives these examples:

    You may find it.
    You might find it. (more doubtful)


    Credit: Walter Kay Smart, English Review Grammar (Fourth edition, 1940).


    *****

    Only my comment: I have found that sometimes when people use "might," that is a nice way to say "No":

    James: Are you coming to my party on Saturday?
    Mona (who does not like James but who does not want to hurt his feelings): Oh, I might (come)."




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    Re: might be difficult/may be difficult/maybe difficult

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    1. That might be difficult. <- Is it the past tense?
    I think it would refer to the past if 'be' was replaced with 'have been', but I am not a teacher.

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