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  1. egodwin
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    use of may or can

    Can you help with the use of may or can in this sentence. Thanks

    If you still would like to help us with this repair, you [may or can] send her a check made out to Grace Church and memo it to the Capital Campaign Fund.

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    Re: use of may or can

    Quote Originally Posted by egodwin View Post
    Can you help with the use of may or can in this sentence? Thanks.

    If you still would like to help us with this repair, you [may or can] send her a check made out to Grace Church and memo it to the Capital Campaign Fund.
    Okay. You can do a few things.

    Best: Neither you may or you can are necessary or help. Don't use either.

    Conversationally, both are fine. If you want to be absolutely precise, may in this context means have permission to, and can in this context means have the ability to.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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