What's the difference between May X Can X Might

Hello Guys!

How do I use the following words May, Can and Might. And what's the difference between them.

Thank you!

Jun 6, 2018 3:09 PM
Comments · 4

One thing to remember about "may" is that its actually meant for asking permission.  Ie: "May I use your phone?"  

It can occasionally be interchangeable with "might" to talk about possibilities in a 50% possible situation.  Ie: "I don't know where Jack is.  He might be on vacation, or he may be out sick."

"Can" is about ability.  Ie:  "Can you speak French?"  It can be used interchangeably with "to be able to".

I hope that helps clarify things for you.

September 25, 2018
I can answer this query and I might, if I may.
September 24, 2018


The words "May" and "Can"  are similar. They are used to ask permission to do something. 

ex: Can I go hiking? , May I go hiking? May I? 

The word "May" is more formal. But you can use both words in casual conversations.

The word "might" suggest that you will do something in the future. 

ex: I might go hiking.    I might go hiking tomorrow if the weather is sunny. 

June 6, 2018
Oh, Thank you so much.
September 24, 2018