MAY vs MIGHT

5/8/2018 4:59:07 PM
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MAY vs MIGHT

Use modal verbs may and might to talk about possible activities or happenings in the future.

Examples:

  • I'm not sure I'll go to the party. I may be away.
  • Don't drop by at 7:20 p.m. I might be watching TV.
  • Please, prepare something to eat. Mr. Johnson might be hungry.
  • We may not be able to go to school this week.

There isn't much difference between the two. So you can say:

  • John might be at home or John may be at home.
  • may visit Mary or I might visit Mary.

Likelihood

Sentences formed with might are less likely to happen than those with may. For example:

  • may be away at 10 p.m. (35% likelihood)
  • might be away at 10 p.m. (20% likelihood)

Of course, these figures may vary depending on the situation.

Unreal Situations

However, when the situation is unreal, only might can be used:

  • If I were a bit smarter, I might go to college. (The speaker won't become smarter, so the situation is unreal.)

Reported Speech

If you're using the reported speech, may becomes might:

  • "I may be late," said Frank. In reported speech: Frank said that he might be late.

 

 

So  there are 2 important points about might  

1-It is less likely and for more unreal stiuations.

2-In reported speech may changes   to might