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    might/may

    Your brother mentioned that you may be interested, or Your brother mentioned that you might be interested.

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    Re: might/may

    The word may sometimes indicates a slightly higher degree of certainty than the word might.

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    Re: might/may

    Hello!
    Could you give me the levels of certainty from 0 - 100 %...
    like that might, may...

    thanks in advance!!!

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    Re: might/may

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Hello!
    Could you give me the levels of certainty from 0 - 100 %...
    like that might, may...

    thanks in advance!!!
    you cannot measure it like that! Its not an exact science:)

    In that above context i would use the latter option - i'd go for "might"

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    To express degree of probability (Something will happen in the future):

    Certainty in negative(0%)

    Uncertainty(30 - 70%)
    may, might, could, may not, might not (in this category, the percentage of "may" is greater than "might")

    Expectation(80%)
    should, ought to, be likely to, shouldn't, ought not to, be unlikely to

    Deduction( 95- 100%)
    Certainty (positive) :must - Possibility :may/might/could
    Certainty (negative): can't

    Certainty (certain will happen)(100%)
    will, be certain to, has to, has got to

    Hope this may help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    To express degree of probability (Something will happen in the future):

    Certainty in negative(0%)

    Uncertainty(30 - 70%)
    may, might, could, may not, might not (in this category, the percentage of "may" is greater than "might")

    Expectation(80%)
    should, ought to, be likely to, shouldn't, ought not to, be unlikely to

    Deduction( 95- 100%)
    Certainty (positive) :must - Possibility :may/might/could
    Certainty (negative): can't

    Certainty (certain will happen)(100%)
    will, be certain to, has to, has got to

    Hope this may help.
    Thank you very much!!! This perfectly is what I'm looking for!!! Thanks a lot!!!

    One more, how about degrees of greatness like good, great, awesome, superior,...
    Thanks in advance!!!

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    Re: might/may

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Your brother mentioned that you may be interested, or Your brother mentioned that you might be interested.
    Your brother mentioned that you might be interested. This sentence is correct because the rule of sequence of tenses works here.

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    Re: might/may

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Thank you very much!!! This perfectly is what I'm looking for!!! Thanks a lot!!!

    One more, how about degrees of greatness like good, great, awesome, superior,...
    Thanks in advance!!!
    I think all these adjectives may not be meaurable as the modals given.
    However, I will put them in the following order by referring to Longman Langauge Activator:

    Nice < Good < great/brilliant/marvellous/wonderful/fantastic/terrific/excellent < amazing/incredible < perfect


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    Re: might/may

    Thanks Albertino!!!

    that helps...

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