may vs might : Common Errors in English

About may vs might

Most of the time “might” and “may” are almost interchangeable, with “might” suggesting a somewhat lower probability. You’re more likely to get wet if the forecaster says it may rain than if she says it might rain; but substituting one for the other is unlikely to get you into trouble—so long as you stay in the present tense.But “might” is also the past tense of the auxiliary verb “may,” and is required in sentences like “Chuck might have avoided arrest for the robbery if he hadn’t given the teller his business card before asking for the money.” When speculating that events might have been other than they were, don’t substitute “may” for “might."As an aside: if you are an old-fashioned child, you will ask, “May I go out to play?” rather than “Can I go out to play?” Despite the prevalence of the latter pattern, some adults still feel strongly that “may” has to do with permission whereas “can” implies only physical ability. But then if you have a parent like this you’ve had this pattern drilled into your head long before you encountered this page.

may Meaning(s)

  • (n) the month following April and preceding June
  • (n) thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America

might Meaning(s)

  • (n) the month following April and preceding June
  • (n) thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America
  • (n) physical strength

may in News

  1. Samsung may reduce parts and components orders for Galaxy S4, DigiTimes says

    Samsung may reduce its parts and components orders for Galaxy S4 for Q2 and Q3, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the decrease is due to a slowdown in demand in the end market.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Theflyonthewall.com via Yahoo! Finance

  2. May ETF Short Report: GLD Shorts Spike 24%

    Short interest in GLD spiked almost 24 percent in May, as markets grappled with the threat of rising rates.Short-sellers again ganged up on the SPDR Gold Shares last month, marking ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: IndexUniverse.com via Yahoo! Finance

  3. May crowning at St. Cecilia School in Rockaway Borough

    On Friday, May 10 students from St. Cecilia School in Rockaway Borough participated in a May Crowning after Mass. Shown is Pastor Fr. Sigmund Peplowski and members of the second grade class who recently received their First Holy Communion.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Record

might in News

  1. Skies might open for U.S. Open

    ARDMORE, Pa. x2014 The white things bouncing on the U.S. Open golf course Thursday might include more than golf balls. The Weather Channel is forecasting the possibility of hail for the opening round.The sun was shining Wednesday, but the grounds of Merion Golf Club have been saturated by rain the past week. That has raised concerns...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Durango Herald

  2. Rivers 'might be ready to move' away from Celtics

    Rivers 'might be ready to move' away from Celtics
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CBS Sports

  3. Handshake might have to do

    Handshake might have to do Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 7:54 pm, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Unable to arrange a private meeting, Sergio Garcia left Tiger Woods a note in his locker Tuesday at the U.S. Open with hopes of moving on from his racially charged comment and ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

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