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Would you be kind enough to explain to me the genesis of the use “may” or “can” in the following sentences?
“You may break the body, but you cannot break the spirit” (Galsworthy)
“Very” is an adverb of degree and may modify an adjective or an adverb; but it cannot modify a verb.” (Pence)
“A fool may ask more questions than a wise man can answer.” (Proverb)
Thank you for your efforts.
may = probability
can = ability
I hope I helped you