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    Hi All,

    I would like to understand this issue forever.

    MAY VS MIGHT

    Most of the time I hear "May" as permission question but not on friend conversations.

    However "Might" I don't hear it too much but when I read articles I see it consistently, according to TRANSLATE it is very similar to may.

    Someone can make me order please?

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    Re: May vs Might

    Click here, scroll down to the sixth entry and read earlier answers to this question.

    I found these by entering your thread title in the Google Custom Search box.

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    Re: May vs Might

    Quote Originally Posted by Mero3004 View Post
    Hi All,

    I would like to understand this issue​. forever.

    MAY VS MIGHT

    Most of the time I hear "may" used as a request for permission question but not on in conversations with friends. conversations.

    However, I don't hear "might" I don't hear it too very much but when I read articles I see it consistently. According to TRANSLATE it is very similar to "may".

    Can someone can make me order make it clear for me please?
    Note my corrections above.

    Technically, "may" should be used when asking for permission and "might" should be used to indicate possibility. These days, though, lots of people use "may" instead of "might".

    May I go to the bathroom? (Permission)
    I might go to the cinema tonight. (Possibility)

    You may go to the party tomorrow evening. (I am giving you permission to go to the party.)
    You might go to the party tomorrow evening. (Possibility)

    In years gone by, "might" was also used to ask for permission but that has very much fallen out of use. My grandfather (born in 1921) was the last person I knew who used "Might I ask you a question?" if he was asking for permission.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: May vs Might

    You really helped me,

    Thanks you very muhc!!!!!!!

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    Re: May vs Might

    Quote Originally Posted by Mero3004 View Post
    You really helped me.

    Thanks Thank you very muhc much! !!!!!!!
    You're welcome. However, in future, don't write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the Thank button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.

    Note my corrections above. One exclamation mark is always enough.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: May vs Might

    I addition to the matter of its use in older and newer dialects, you should be aware that "might" is the preterite counterpart of "may" because it is the form required in backshift.

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