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Might or May?

Added by Tomasz H. 16 January 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

Might & May can usually be interchanged without a significant difference in meaning.

However, might implies a smaller chance of happening, when you express the possibility.

It may rain -> ca. 70% chance

It might rain -> ca. 40% chance

Remember, when you express wishes or give permission - use only may.

 

Uses:

Possibility -> It might rain in the afternoon, so take an umbrella.

Give permission -> You may have another beer if you like.

Ask for permission -> May I borrow your book?

Express wishes -> May the Christmas bring you happiness?

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