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Lôn asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 7 months ago

In English, what is the difference between: "I may go to the game this afternoon" and "I might go to the game this afternoon".?

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Do they mean the same thing, are they interchangeable?

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  • 7 months ago
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    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 girl
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      7 months agoReport

      No. They're not interchangeable. "May" shows greater likelihood.

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  • 7 months ago

    "May" shows more likelihood that you'll go.

    "Might" is iffy.

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  • 7 months ago

    In this context 'may' sounds over-formal.

    Most people chatting to their friends would say, 'I might go'.

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    • bluebellbkk
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      7 months agoReport

      Not in my mind, but these are very subjective waters. In any case I would always say 'might' rather than 'may' when speaking to my less educated friends. They would raise their eyebrows or even laugh if I said 'may'.

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  • Anonymous
    7 months 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.

    • Lôn
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      7 months agoReport

      Give an example of how they would be different,

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  • 7 months ago

    "I may go to the game this afternoon"

    and

    "I might go to the game this afternoon"

    May means the person has permission to go.

    Might is a choice yet to be made.

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  • Bryan
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    7 months 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."

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  • 7 months 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)

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  • 7 months ago

    There is a very subtle difference.

    May is generally used to talk about the possibility.

    Might talks of limited possibility. 

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  • 7 months ago

    Basically the same, but to me "might" sounds like a more remote possibility of you going to that game than "may".

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  • J
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    7 months ago

    Exactly the same.

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