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    Hi there,
    Does the 'may' in the following sentence means 'possibility'?

    Watching TV may help to reduce the stress.

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    Re: may

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Does the 'may' in the following sentence means 'possibility'?

    Watching TV may help to reduce the stress.

    Tks
    pete
    Dear pete:

    Yes. It means the causal relationship between watching TV and stress reduction has not been proven, but there is the possibility that it exists.

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    Re: may

    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot.
    How about these sentences? I want to use 'may' to imply possibility.

    I am writing in response to the article about playing computer games. The writer may be right. Playing too much TV is not healthy'', but playing a small amount of playing computer games may bring benefits to players.

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    Re: may

    Hi there,
    In the following options (1 and 2), the 'may' are used to imply possibility, which option is appropriate?

    1. I am writing in response to the article about playing computer games. The writer may be right. Playing too much TV is not healthy'', but playing a small amount of playing computer games may bring benefits to players.

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    2. I am writing in response to the article about playing computer games. The writer may be right. Playing too much TV may bring bad effects on health, but there are some benefits of playing a small amount of computer games.

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    Re: may

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    In the following options (1 and 2), the 'may' are used to imply possibility, which option is appropriate?

    1. I am writing in response to the article about playing computer games. The writer may be right. Playing too much TV('playing too much TV' sounds unnatural; 'playing too much' would be fine, since the reader already knows what 'playing' refers to) is not healthy'', but playing (a small amount)(for a limited time) of playing computer games may bring benefits to players.

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    2. I am writing in response to the article about playing computer games. The writer may be right. Playing too much TV may bring bad effects on health, but there are some benefits (of) (to) playing a small amount of computer games.
    You can also say 'there is some benefit to playing computer games.'

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    pete
    Pete:
    You are using 'may' correctly and naturally.

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    Re: may

    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot.

    How about the 'may' in the following sentence? I also use 'may' to means something is possible.

    Playing computer games may encourage friends to spend more time together. Besides, it can also help people to release stress.

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    Re: may

    Dear pete:

    Right again! Did you choose 'can' in the second sentence for a particular reason? Does it imply that there is proof of the stress-relieving properties of computer games? or did you just choose it to avoid using may again?

    Just wondering,

    p

    PS: Another way to express possibility in this context is: Some people experience stress reduction as a result of playing computer games.
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