Questions and negatives:

We make questions by putting the subject after may/might:
May I …? Could I … Might I …? Etc.

The negative forms are may not and might not..

We use may:

  • when we are not sure about something:

Jack may be coming to see us tomorrow.
Oh dear! It’s half past ten. We may be late for the meeting.
There may not be very many people there.

  • to make polite requests:

May I borrow the car tomorrow?
May we come a bit later?

When we use may not for a refusal it is emphatic:

You may not!
You may not borrow the car until you can be more careful with it.

We use might:

• when we are not sure about something:

I might see you tomorrow.
It looks nice, but it might be very expensive.
It’s quite bright. It might not rain today.

• As the past tense of may for requests:

He asked if he might borrow the car.
They wanted to know if they might come later.

• For very polite requests:

Might I ask you a question?
Might we just interrupt for a moment?

We use may have and might have to show that something has possibly happened now or happened at some time in the past:

It’s ten o’clock. They might have arrived now.[= Perhaps they have arrived]
They may have arrived hours ago. [= Perhaps they arrived hours ago.]





i have to have dinner. sir is it correct sentence

Hello sanjoy,

Yes, it is grammatically correct.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Please help me with the following query;
Nobody knows where the jewels have gone.
a. might have been stolen.
b. might be stolen
I think the correct answer is (b) because we are not sure what happened to the jewels .
If (a) is the correct answer can you please tell me the reason behind it .
which is correct. Is it a or b.

Hello sumanasc,

(a) is the best answer, though really it should be 'They might have been stolen' (you can't leave out the subject). In the first sentence, it's clear that the jewels are gone. The perfect infinitive ('have been stolen') refers to a finished event and reflects this better than (b).

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i might see you tomorrow , i may see you tomorrow
which sentence is correct.
can you please explain.

Hello again avchandu,

There is no difference in meaning between these two sentences -- both 'may' and 'might' can be used to speak about possibilities and have the same meaning.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

where we use may and might tell in clear manner sir

Hello avchandu,

This is explained above on this page and you can see examples in the task. If you have a specific question, you are welcome to ask us, but I'm afraid we don't provide general explanations that are already found on our site.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

all person are allowed to abey traffic rules
is it correct as per modal verb

Hello Lovejeet Singh,

'All people are allowed' is grammatically correct, but 'allow' is not a modal verb and I'm not sure that means what you intend. Instead, I think you might want to use 'must'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team