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  1. Fazzu's Avatar
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    Are you polite?

    1) May I come in, Sir?
    2) Might I come in, Sir?

    Is 'might' more politer than 'may'?

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    Re: Are you polite?

    From bartley.com, When used to express permission, might has a higher degree of politeness than may. Thus, Might I express my opinion conveys less insistence than May I express my opinion.

    According to the Guide to Grammar and Writing, Might is considerably more tentative than may,

    May I leave class early?
    If I've finished all my work and I'm really quiet, might I leave early?

    Correction
    politer or more polite, not more politer
    Last edited by Casiopea; 07-Sep-2006 at 17:38.

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    Re: Are you polite?

    Oh thanks a lot for the correction and for the answer for my question.

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    Re: Are you polite?

    You're most welcome, Fazzu.

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