may & might - future possibility

Discuss statements or questions with modal verbs: may, might, can, could, should, would, will, ought to, must, etc.

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may & might - future possibility

Post by James Trotta » Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:34 am

"May" and "might" are often used to say that maybe something will happen (but maybe it won't).
The problem may be too hard to solve
This sentence means that there's a chance the problem will not be solved (because it's too hard), but there's also a chance that the problem can be solved.

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Re: may & might - future possibility

Post by Jung-Min » Mon Jun 28, 2004 12:46 am

I might have been in love before .

-> It's The words of a song.
Nothing's gonna change my love for you // Glenn Medeiros
(http://blog.naver.com/honha.do?Redirect ... 0003632674)
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Re: may & might - future possibility

Post by min » Mon Jun 28, 2004 12:48 am

We may use personally identifiable information collected on Getlocainews.

ㅡwww.getlocalnews.com/privacy
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Post by sun » Mon Jun 28, 2004 12:53 am

Might


They argued the Bush administration might attack North Korea after Iraq as it branded North Korea an ``axis of evil’’ along with Iraq and Iran in 2002

Reference : http://news.naver.com/news/read.php?mod ... 0000013151

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Re: may & might - future possibility

Post by James Trotta » Mon Jun 28, 2004 7:53 am

min wrote:We may use personally identifiable information collected on Getlocainews.

ㅡwww.getlocalnews.com/privacy
This one may be a little different. Here "may" could mean permission so this web site says they have permission to use your personal information. I would never do that.

There's also an element of future potential. Maybe they will use your information or maybe not.

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Post by Jason M. Ham » Sun Jul 18, 2004 5:36 pm

I may be a grump in the morning :evil: , but I'm really nice the rest of the day :D .
I'm admitting that I can get cranky sometimes in the morning.

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Re: may & might - future possibility

Post by James Trotta » Mon Jul 26, 2004 3:10 pm

Jung-Min wrote:I might have been in love before .

-> It's The words of a song.
Nothing's gonna change my love for you // Glenn Medeiros
(http://blog.naver.com/honha.do?Redirect ... 0003632674)
This one shows that might can be used to show past possibility as well as future possibility:
I might have forgotten to feed my cat last night.
OR
I might forget to feed my cat tonight.
The grammar:

past = might + have + past participle
future = might + base verb

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