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    • Join Date: Apr 2008
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    may or wish ?

    may you good luck ?
    or wish you good luck ?
    how can i distinguish the two words?
    can you give me some examples used frequently?
    thank you..

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    Re: may or wish ?

    I wish you good luck.
    (you express a wish)
    He wished her good night.

    I wish to speak to Mr Smith.
    (a polite form of 'want')
    I don't wish to be rude, but ...
    (I don't mean to be rude; It's not my intention to be rude ...)
    She wished herself a million miles away.
    I wish I was taller.
    (to want something to happen even though it is unlikely or impossible)

    This may or may not be true.
    This book may help you with your studies.
    (possibility)
    May I help you?
    May I come in? - Yes, you may come in if you wish
    (polite way of asking a question or making a comment)
    He needs to read more books so that he may have a better education.
    (indicates the purpose of something - formal)
    He may be a good father but he's a bad politician.


    • Join Date: Apr 2008
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    Re: may or wish ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post
    I wish you good luck.
    (you express a wish)
    He wished her good night.

    I wish to speak to Mr Smith.
    (a polite form of 'want')
    I don't wish to be rude, but ...
    (I don't mean to be rude; It's not my intention to be rude ...)
    She wished herself a million miles away.
    I wish I was taller.
    (to want something to happen even though it is unlikely or impossible)

    This may or may not be true.
    This book may help you with your studies.
    (possibility)
    May I help you?
    May I come in? - Yes, you may come in if you wish
    (polite way of asking a question or making a comment)
    He needs to read more books so that he may have a better education.
    (indicates the purpose of something - formal)
    He may be a good father but he's a bad politician.

    Thanks for your help.

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