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    #1

    may have/ might have

    1) You may have to have passport.
    2) You might have to have passport.

    What are the differences between these two sentences?

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: may have/ might have

    There is no significant difference in meaning for most native speakers.

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    #3

    Re: may have/ might have

    Both sentences should have "a" before "passport".

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    #4

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    I missed that.

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    #5

    Re: may have/ might have

    Would 'need' be better than 'have to have'?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: may have/ might have

    No, it wouldn't be any better, but it would work just as well.
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    #7

    Re: may have/ might have

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


    Hello, Azah:

    I am not disagreeing with the excellent answers from the teachers.

    I just thought that you would like to know what some teachers and books say.


    To make it easy for learners, they simply assign percentages.

    For example, "may" = 70% possibility" and "might" = 40% possibility. Many learners seem to like such a clear distinction.

    You will have to have a passport to enter Jupiter. (That's a fact. Get your passport ready as soon as your spaceship lands.)

    You may have to have a passport to enter Jupiter. (Don't be surprised if the customs people ask you for your passport. It often depends on how the customs people feel that day.)

    You might have to have a passport to enter Jupiter. (Relax. They probably will not ask you for your passport. I've been to Jupiter ten times, and I was asked for my passport only one time.)

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    #8

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    Many learners may like a clear distinction. But if it is a false distinction, it provides no real help.

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    #9

    Re: may have/ might have

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Many learners may like a clear distinction.
    Indeed they might.

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