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Thanks Peter

Hello sir,
Am confused of 'might' some one says its the past form of may but I read on net there is no difference between may and might and they say you can use might for less possibility ......please clear me where to use and when to use might. Is it present or past? Give me some examples.

Hello Ajaz ajju,

'Might' and 'may' are two separate modal verbs. They are similar in meaning in most contexts; both have present or future meanings, like most modal verbs. To refer to the past we can use a perfect form: 'might have + past participle' and 'may have + past participle'.

The only time 'might' is used as a past form of 'may' is in polite requests. See this page for more information and examples. For more information on the use of various modal verbs, including 'may' and 'might' take a look at our section on modal verbs.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello sir i have come across some special uses of 'HAVE' and expression won't have (or will not have) +object + ing form
i.e
i will not have you smoking in the classroom.( means i will not allow you to smoke in the class room) i understood this expression.

my question is that when we use 'won't have + object+ past participle'
i.e
1) i won't have him spoken to like that.
2) i won't have my name dragged through the dirt by press.

are these sentences passive? or what is the exact meaning of that sentences and in which circumstances we can use that kind of structure.
thanks advanced.

Hello ahmednagar,

These are examples which mean, as you say 'I won't allow...'. They are not passive, but they are impersonal forms.

In your examples, the first sentence means 'I won't allow him to be spoken to like that' or, if we use an active form, 'I won't allow you to speak to him like that'. Similarly, the second example means 'I won't allow my name to be dragged...' ('I won't allow you/them to drag my name...').

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thanks i understood whole the expression.

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Kirk
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Hello sir,
I am always confused about active and passive
voice
1 Jack killed James .-Active Voice- Jack(Subject )
is performer
2.James was killed by Jack-Passive Voice- James
(subject )is not performer.
3.James was killed in accident. Neither Active nor
Passive Voice.-only linking verb-there is no performe
It is only condition or state.
Sir please explain.

Hello sanjeev bhagria,

In a passive sentence, as you say, the subject is the person (or thing) upon whom (which) the action is performed. In your sentences the subjects are as follows:

1 - Jack
2 - James
3 - James

The third sentence is still passive voice. The 'by' phrase indicating the performer of the action is not necessary, and is omitted in many passive sentences.

Best wishes,

Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

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