Lesson 30: MAY AND MIGHT

May and might are modal verbs. Lesson 27 shows you how to make correct sentences with them. This lesson shows you when to use them.

Possibility

NOW

EXAMPLE: I don't know where John is but he might be helping Peter.

NOTICE: The Canadian winter may be very cold. = this winter
BUT: The Canadian winter can be very cold. = generally

FUTURE

EXAMPLE: Gas prices might fall again soon.

NOTICE: also may

PAST

EXAMPLE: I think you may have caught a cold.

NOTICE: also might; also could (Lesson 29)


Permission

STATEMENT

EXAMPLE: Visitors may enter the museum from 9:00 to 5:00 each day.

REQUEST

EXAMPLES:
May
I come in?
May we think about it for a few days?

NOTICE: May only; do NOT use might
NOTICE: more polite than can (Lesson 28) or could (Lesson 29)


Might with past tense

We use might (NOT may) in sentences with a past tense verb before the modal (Lesson 63).

EXAMPLES:
I thought the road might be blocked so I went another way.
He told me that the next winter in Canada might be very cold.

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