Confused as to how to use may/ might in a situation?
Both May/Might are modal auxiliary verbs ( a verb that is used with a main verb to form a verb phrase) that refer to possible situations. Let us look at them individually.
May has two meanings.
Example: Thank you, you may leave us now.
Example: May I go now?
Example: It may come in handy.
Here the writer/ speaker can clearly imagine it taking place. It is a possible situation now and in the future.
Might is used to indicate a possibility. But here the writer is treating it as purely hypothetical, it could happen but then could a lot of other things. It implies a smaller possibility than the sentence using ‘may’ suggests.
Eg: It might snow today.
To refer to a situation which happened in the past, we use might have.
Example: I might have dropped it in the classroom.
This post is a part of the APRIL A-Z Challenge