In English, what is the difference between: "I may go to the game this afternoon" and "I might go to the game this afternoon".?
Do they mean the same thing, are they interchangeable?
- yogicskierLv 73 weeks agoBest answer
Usually they are interchangeable, but depending on the context "I may go" could mean "I have permission to go." In most cases, however, they mean the same thing.
- Chi girlLv 73 weeks ago
"May" shows more likelihood that you'll go.
"Might" is iffy.
- bluebellbkkLv 73 weeks ago
In this context 'may' sounds over-formal.
Most people chatting to their friends would say, 'I might go'.
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
As is often the case in English, it depends on the context, which we don't know. It is possible that they could mean the same thing, but "might" would be the better choice.
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- The MikelLv 73 weeks ago
"I may go to the game this afternoon"
"I might go to the game this afternoon"
May means the person has permission to go.
Might is a choice yet to be made.
- BryanLv 73 weeks ago
They both usually have the same meaning in that the person might or might not go to the game. However the sentence with "may" could also mean that the person has permission to attend the game. This would not be the usual meaning, but its possible. As in "My mother said I may go to the game this afternoon."
- L. E. GantLv 73 weeks ago
The question that came before, mostly.
the "might" version is more tentative (less decisive) than the "may" version, so it' would usually be followed by something distinctly non-commital. (as in I might go, but I have a better choice)
- Barkley HoundLv 73 weeks ago
There is a very subtle difference.
May is generally used to talk about the possibility.
Might talks of limited possibility.
- Red FoxLv 63 weeks ago
Basically the same, but to me "might" sounds like a more remote possibility of you going to that game than "may".
- ..Lv 53 weeks ago
Exactly the same.