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    Might and May

    What is the difference between these modal verbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer View Post
    What is the difference between these modal verbs?
    Might - more often expresses probability, possibility, may - permission, possibility
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    How different would be
    "might have happened"
    and
    "may have happened"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer View Post
    How different would be
    "might have happened"
    and
    "may have happened"
    If you can speak Russian, then stick to that: the difference is roughly as the difference between "это могло (тогда) случиться" and "возможно, это (тогда) случилось". And one more thing, the second one can be replaced with the first one in this regard, but not vice versa.

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    The bad news is the differences between might and may are complex and subtle. The good news is that very few English speakers understand the differences properly anyway, and even fewer will notice or care if a foreigner muddles them up.

    In general, use "may" to refer to permission and "might" to refer to possibility, and you won't go far wrong.

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