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    may/might go shopping

    1. I might go shopping later today.
    2. I may go shopping later today.

    Does the use of 'might' in the first sentence instead of 'may' in the second sentence indicate that there is less likelihood of my going shopping today?

    Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. I might go shopping later today.
    2. I may go shopping later today.

    Does the use of 'might' in the first sentence instead of 'may' in the second sentence indicate that there is less likelihood of my going shopping today?

    Thank you very much.
    You could say so.

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    Re: may/might go shopping

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    You could say so.
    But you'd be wrong.

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    Re: may/might go shopping

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. I might go shopping later today.
    2. I may go shopping later today.

    Does the use of 'might' in the first sentence instead of 'may' in the second sentence indicate that there is less likelihood of my going shopping today?

    Thank you very much.
    No. In this example, may and might mean exactly the same thing.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Re: may/might go shopping

    Thanks, Charles.

    Please elaborate whether the sentences mean the same thing since you say Engee is wrong. Or what is the difference in using 'may' and 'might'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    But you'd be wrong.
    Not quite so. According to some grammars, will represents some 90% of likelihood; may some 60%; might some 30%; could some 10%.


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    Re: may/might go shopping

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    Thanks, Charles.

    Please elaborate whether the sentences mean the same thing since you say Engee is wrong. Or what is the difference in using 'may' and 'might'?
    There's nothing to elaborate. As I said, in your example, there's no difference.

    The two words do have different meanings, but in this particular example they mean the same thing.

    May sometimes means have permission to, but there's nothing in your example to suggest that that's what it means here. Even if it did, it still has no bearing on probability, which is what you're asking about.

    I can't speak to Engee's answer. Maybe they know something in Poland that I don't know here.

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    Re: may/might go shopping

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Not quite so. According to some grammars, will represents some 90% of likelihood; may some 60%; might some 30%; could some 10%.

    Get your money back and invest in a better book of grammar.

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    Hi Charles

    You haven't explained why you say Engee is wrong. Could you please elaborate on your reply?

    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    No. In this example, may and might mean exactly the same thing.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]
    Another member of this forum asked a similar question some time ago:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...certainty.html

    Volcano1985 in that thread cited the British Council site as the source of his information, so I think you might get a really good grammar instead of me. I've got loads of such!

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