May and Might
May and Might (1) We use ‘May’ or ‘ Might ‘ to say that something is a possibility. ‘ Might ‘ expresses the maximum degree of hesitancy.
- It may be true. (OR) It might be true ( more hesitant)
- She may (or might) know the details.
- It might not be true.
- Might I borrow your pen, please? ( more hesitant than ‘May’)
- Might this be the answer?
- That might be the answer but I doubt it.
- He may (or might) come to the party.
- What he said might be true.
- Tomi might be in a position to help you for your house construction.
(2) May or Might is used for making a polite request.
- (i) Can I borrow your pen, please?
- (ii) May I borrow your pen, please?
- (iii) Might I borrow your pen, please? ( Sentence No (ii) is more hesitant or polite than (i) and Sentence (iii) is the most hesitant or polite of all the three)
- May I come in, sir?
- Might I ask you a question?
- May I ask a favour from you?
- Might I park my car near your gate?
- May I call the servant in to clean the table?