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.]

 

Exercise

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It is better to "love and lose" than not to have loved at all.
a)Be loved and lost
b)Have loved and lost
c)Have been loved and lost
Please explain the answer

Hello ajithpd41,

I'm afraid we don't provide answers to tasks from elsewhere. It's not our role to help with homework or tests and in any case with so many thousands of users on the site it simply would not be possible for us to do so in any case.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, 'Might have been' Comes under which tense?
Please help me to get correct usage of ' Might have been'

Hello ajithpd41,

'Might have been' is not a tense at all. It is a modal verb ('might') with perfective aspect ('might have') followed by a past participle ('been').

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

i have to have dinner. sir is it correct sentence

Hello sanjoy,

Yes, it is grammatically correct.

All the best,
Kirk
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,
Kirk
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,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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