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    may or might

    1.We're not sure, but there ____ have been a plane crash earlier today.
    (1)may
    (2)might
    (3)Either could be used here.
    Answer: (3)


    2.With a bit of luck, there ____ be time to do it.
    (1)may
    (2)might
    (3)Either could be used here.
    Answer: (3)


    3.There's a good chance it ____ rain this evening.
    (1)may
    (2)might
    (3)Either could be used here.
    Answer: (1)


    I think all of the questions above are dealing with levels of certainty. When these two auxiliaries are referring to certainty, both are interchangeable. I don't understand the third one. :wink:

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    Re: may or might

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    1.We're not sure, but there ____ have been a plane crash earlier today.
    (1)may
    (2)might
    (3)Either could be used here.
    Answer: (3)
    I would say (2) [uncertain situation]

    2.With a bit of luck, there ____ be time to do it.
    (1)may
    (2)might
    (3)Either could be used here.
    Answer: (3)
    I would say (3) too [again, uncertain situation, but possiblity too]

    3.There's a good chance it ____ rain this evening.
    (1)may
    (2)might
    (3)Either could be used here.
    Answer: (1)
    I would say (1) too [possibility]

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    Re: may or might

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    1.We're not sure, but there ____ have been a plane crash earlier today.
    (1)may
    (2)might
    (3)Either could be used here.
    Answer: (3)


    2.With a bit of luck, there ____ be time to do it.
    (1)may
    (2)might
    (3)Either could be used here.
    Answer: (3)


    3.There's a good chance it ____ rain this evening.
    (1)may
    (2)might
    (3)Either could be used here.
    Answer: (1)


    I think all of the questions above are dealing with levels of certainty. When these two auxiliaries are referring to certainty, both are interchangeable. I don't understand the third one. :wink:
    I agree with you. It is certainly "either" in the first two. The objection to "might" in the last is probably based on having "might" clash with "a good chance". I agree with that, but I would make the same argument with "may". I would say "It may/might rain" or "There's a good chance it will rain".

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    Indeed. I think so too. Thanks a bunch.
    You just made my day! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Indeed. I think so too. Thanks a bunch.
    You just made my day! :D
    I am happy to serve you immigrants from Mars. It is such a lovely planet. 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Indeed. I think so too. Thanks a bunch.
    You just made my day! :D
    I am happy to serve you immigrants from Mars. It is such a lovely planet. 8)

    You Earthilings have served me well.
    It's getting hard to say farewell.

    :D

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    I must say that the NASA photos of Mars didn't make me want to go there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I must say that the NASA photos of Mars didn't make me want to go there.
    It's a long trip, and there are no stops on the way.
    It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to stay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Indeed. I think so too. Thanks a bunch.
    You just made my day! :D
    I am happy to serve you immigrants from Mars. It is such a lovely planet. 8)

    You Earthilings have served me well.
    It's getting hard to say farewell.

    :D
    Shall I take you to our leader, Red5?

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