may and might. It may rain. It might rain. What’s the difference? Just as could is the past tense of can, might is the past tense of may: We thought we might win the tournament. But might can also be used as a substitute for may to show diminished possibility. Thus, saying We might go to the movies means that the likelihood of going is somewhat less than if you say We may go to the movies. When used to express permission, might has a higher degree of politeness than may. Thus, Might I express my opinion conveys less insistence than May I express my opinion.
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We thought we might have won. DISTANCE IN TIME (and possibility)
We might go to the beach this weekend. DISTANCE OF POSSIBILITY/LIKELIHOOD
Might I help you, sir? DISTANCE IN SOCIAL RELATIONS
We may win today. CLOSENESS IN TIME (and possibility)
We may go to the beach this weekend. CLOSE POSSIBILITY/LIKELIHOOD
May I help you, sir? CLOSENESS IN SOCIAL RELATIONS
Say if I want to tell my friends that I want to have our weekly meeting at their place this week, will it be more correct to say "It may be better to have the meeting at your place this week"? rather than "It might be better to have the meeting at your place this week"?
Is there a difference between the two?
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