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    May / Might

    Should the following sentence use MAY or MIGHT:

    "So i gave a week's notice... and went to see my son at the children's home, telling the housemother there that I MAY / MIGHT not see him again for two weeks"

    MAY is correct according to THE CASSELL GUIDE TO COMMON ERRORS IN ENGLISH", even those it's reporting something in the past.

    Is the reason for using the future MAY governed by the fact that this was something she was TELLING the housemother, rather than something she TOLD her?, rather like saying "I'm TELLING you i MAY not be there!" instead of "I TOLD you i MIGHT not be there!"

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    Re: May / Might

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Togher View Post
    Should the following sentence use MAY or MIGHT:

    "So I gave a week's notice... and went to see my son at the children's home, telling the housemother there that I MAY / MIGHT not see him again for two weeks"
    Say:
    I might not see him again for two weeks. (There is a posibility that I won't see him again for two weeks.)
    ~R

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