May / Might as well : This particular expression is used for making suggestions. This expression suggests a different course of action would be preferable and this frequently occurs in everyday conversation. This is used mainly on informal occasions. ‘ Might as well ‘ is more common than ‘ May as well ‘.
A : Here comes the bus. We might as well take it.
B: Yes, we might as well.
A: How slow this bus is ! We might as well walk.
B: We might as well have gone on walking.
- They don’t seem to come in time and it is pointless to wait for them. We might as well get a taxi and go home before it gets dark.
Note : We can make ‘ May as well ‘ and ‘Might as well ‘ stronger by using ‘Just ‘ after May or Might.
- We don’t know anyone here and the matter they want to discuss doesn’t concern us. We might just as well go somewhere else.
- It’s a choice between a job and an admission in a college. You may just as well take the job . At least you’ll earn some money.