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    is this sentence fine, please? (2)


    I have just learned that the medication I have been taking all those years may have been causing harm/harming my health.



    Hi,
    Is this sentence ok, please?
    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    I have just learned that the medication I have been taking all those year may have been causing harm/harming my health.


    Hi,
    Is this sentence ok, please?
    Thanks.
    The structure of the sentence is not correct. Here there are two independent clauses and one dependent cause which are broken as follows.

    (i) I have just learned - MC
    (ii) that the medication I have been taking all those year - NC
    (iii) may have been causing harm/harming my health.- Ad C
    The structure of (ii) and (iii) needs correction /modification as follows:
    (ii) that the medication under which I have been all those years.
    (iii)might have been causing harm to my health
    Hence the sentence will be like this:
    I have just learned that the medication under which I have been all those years might have been causing harm to my health.


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    Re: is this sentence fine, please? (2)

    I have just learned that the medication I have been taking all these years may have been harming my health.

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    Thanks.
    I don't know the difference between "might" and "may". I tend to use only "may" in order to avoid mistakes.
    Thanks.


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    Re: is this sentence fine, please? (2)

    I don't know the difference between "might" and "may". I tend to use only "may" in order to avoid mistakes.

    Good idea. Just use 'might' :

    1. in reported speech, when expressing possibility or permission :
    John: "I may be late." -direct speech
    John said he might be late. - reported (indirect) speech

    2. • when expressing a possibility based on a condition not fulfilled : "We might have won if Paul hadn't been too ill to play."

    3 • whe expressing annoyance about something that someone has not done : "You might have told me!"
    "You might at least have rung to say you were bringing someone home for dinner."

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    Re: is this sentence fine, please? (2)

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I don't know the difference between "might" and "may". I tend to use only "may" in order to avoid mistakes.

    Good idea. Just use 'might' :

    1. in reported speech, when expressing possibility or permission :
    John: "I may be late." -direct speech
    John said he might be late. - reported (indirect) speech

    2. • when expressing a possibility based on a condition not fulfilled : "We might have won if Paul hadn't been too ill to play."

    3 • whe expressing annoyance about something that someone has not done : "You might have told me!"
    "You might at least have rung to say you were bringing someone home for dinner."
    Do you mean "might" is just only past tense of "may"?
    I've heard from some foreigners, especially chinese and japanese:
    I might be worng.
    It should be "I may be worng".
    Why do they use the sentence?
    Thank you in advance!
    Last edited by whitemoon; 31-Oct-2008 at 05:35. Reason: correct spelling error


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    Re: is this sentence fine, please? (2)

    I've heard from some foreigners, especially chinese and japanese:
    I might be wrong.
    It should be "I may be wrong".
    Why do they use the sentence?
    Thank you in advance!


    "I may be wrong" and "I might be wrong" are both correct.
    'may' suggests that the person is more uncertain whether he is correct than if he said 'might':
    "I might be wrong" = there is a degree of possibility
    compare
    "I may be wrong' = I feel there is a stronger possibility that I could be wrong.
    But this is a fine point, and if jctgf is more comfortable at this stage sticking with 'may', then in colloquial speech, it won't matter. Just remember when we do use 'might' and not 'may', as I outlined earlier.
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    Re: is this sentence fine, please? (2)

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I don't know the difference between "might" and "may". I tend to use only "may" in order to avoid mistakes.

    Good idea. Just use 'might' :

    1. in reported speech, when expressing possibility or permission :
    John: "I may be late." -direct speech
    John said he might be late. - reported (indirect) speech

    2. • when expressing a possibility based on a condition not fulfilled : "We might have won if Paul hadn't been too ill to play."

    3 • whe expressing annoyance about something that someone has not done : "You might have told me!"
    "You might at least have rung to say you were bringing someone home for dinner."
    Thanks.
    It's even more complicated than I thought.
    I wonder if it would be an total absurd to say "John said he may be late".
    Thanks.
    Last edited by jctgf; 01-Nov-2008 at 01:05.

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    Re: is this sentence fine, please? (2)

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I have just learned that the medication I have been taking all these years may have been harming my health.

    Is it alright to say "I have just learned that the medication I have been taking all these years may have harmed my health."

    Would it make the same meaning of it?


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    Re: is this sentence fine, please? (2)

    I wonder if it would be an total absurd to say "John said he may be late".

    You may have enclosed your sentence in quotation marks, but it is not direct speech:
    John said he may be late.

    Observe, therefore, the use of 'might' for indirect speech:

    1. in reported speech, when expressing possibility or permission :
    John: "I may be late." -direct speech
    John said he might be late. - reported (indirect) speech

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