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    might or may? What is a difference?

    hi all,
    I am not understanding the exactly difference between using "might" and "may". I know the simple explanation is - one is past tense, other is present. But does it realy change the meaning of next sentence,for example:

    "Parents should not take sick children to day care if they might infect others."

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    Re: might or may? What is a difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by alrod View Post
    hi all,
    I am not understanding the exactly difference between using "might" and "may". I know the simple explanation is - one is past tense, other is present. But does it realy change the meaning of next sentence,for example:

    "Parents should not take sick children to day care if they might infect others."

    ?
    It'll be more correct if you say "I don't understand the exact difference between 'might' and 'may'. .......
    Yes, you are right. Might is the past of may in compound sentences.
    In simple sentences "may and might" are used to say that something is a possibility.
    e.g. It may be true. It might be true. They both mean perhaps it is true.
    You can also get suggestions. e.g. Where is he? He may be at home. or He might be having dinner. or Ask John. He might know.

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    Re: might or may? What is a difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by alrod View Post
    hi all,
    I am not understanding the exactly difference between using "might" and "may". I know the simple explanation is - one is past tense, other is present. But does it realy change the meaning of next sentence,for example:
    "Parents should not take sick children to day care if they might infect others."
    ?
    Both refer to likelihood or probability but the degree is different. If you put them on a scale might is more remote than may. In addition to probability the two words may refer to permission.
    Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 23-Jan-2007 at 23:17.

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