May And Might

By | April 13, 2019

May And Might

May And Might

May And Might

May

Among the modal verbs, may is the most polite one to use. It is used to express the following ideas.

Examples
  • The explosion may have been caused by a gas leak. (Probability)
  • Don’t go near! It may be poisonous. (Possibility)
  • May  I have another lollipop? (Asking for permission); Yes, you may. (Giving permission)
  • May you live to the ripe old age of 100. (Wish/Hope)
  • Carl, may I borrow that red cap of yours? (Polite request/Question)
  • It may be wise to stop seeing him forever. (Suggestion)

 Might

Unlike the modal verb may, might has a contraction in mightn’t. This negative form of might can be used in asking a question

Mightn’t that hairy animal be a new species of monkey unknown to science?

 The modal verb might is used to express the following ideas.

Examples
  • She said he might go to Hell for what he did to her. (Past tense of may)
  • I might have stepped on the banana skin and fallen if I had not noticed it. (Possibility)
  • Might I ask why you two are not speaking to each other? (Permission)
  • You might like to have a look at my two new pets – a turtle and a guinea pig. (Suggestion)
  • You might at least try to look like you were enjoying the soup. (Annoyance)
  • If you were to tour in a desert, you might be caught in a sandstorm. (Condition)