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[Grammar] How to use might be - Could be - May be??

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Rushabh

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Hey,

I am quite confused with these diff.

If I write it "I might get late" or I might be late - Both the sentences are same meaning.

Second thing, people are using could in the present tense - well, could is the past tense of can. So, obviously it is used in present tense rather than past tense - Isn't it?

Sometimes, writer use it in past - present as well as future tense.

Please, help me out with mentioning examples. So, I should clear from myself.

Waiting for your prompt reply.

Thanks
 

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First click here to read earlier replies this question.

I found these by typing might be-could be-may be in the Google Custom Search box at the top of the page.

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I might get late- I would not use this to mean I might be late.
 

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Thanks! But truly, a lot's of confusion arising when I use these into writing an article.

Please, clarify it by writing three - five examples.

Kindly, help me out here.

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Basically, it is a question of the probability:

I may be late = there's a good chance I will be late
I might be late = there's a small chance I will be late
 

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Agreed! My main concern is that many of writers are using in present tense - past tense - future tense. It's really thankful to me, if you explain by example. Give 4-5 examples with comparison. If possible, then please do it.
Basically, it is a question of the probability:

I may be late = there's a good chance I will be late
I might be late = there's a small chance I will be late
 

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Agreed! My main concern is that many of writers are using in present tense - past tense - future tense. It's really thankful to me, if you explain by example. Give 4-5 examples with comparison. If possible, then please do it.

Did you look at the link that Rover_KE provided in post #2? Read throgh the examples, there are many.
 

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