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Lôn asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

In English, what is the difference between: "I may go to the game this afternoon" and "I might go to the game this afternoon".?


Do they mean the same thing, are they interchangeable?

12 Answers

  • 1 month ago
    Best Answer

    Usually they are interchangeable, but depending on the context "I may go" could mean "I have permission to go." In most cases, however, they mean the same thing.

    • Chi girl
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      No. They're not interchangeable. "May" shows greater likelihood.

  • 4 weeks ago

    "May" shows more likelihood that you'll go.

    "Might" is iffy.

  • 1 month ago

    In this context 'may' sounds over-formal.

    Most people chatting to their friends would say, 'I might go'.

    • bluebellbkk
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Not in my mind, but these are very subjective waters. In any case I would always say 'might' rather than 'may' when speaking to my less educated friends. They would raise their eyebrows or even laugh if I said 'may'.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    As is often the case in English, it depends on the context, which we don't know. It is possible that they could mean the same thing, but "might" would be the better choice.

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Give an example of how they would be different,

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  • 1 month ago

    "I may go to the game this afternoon"


    "I might go to the game this afternoon"

    May means the person has permission to go.

    Might is a choice yet to be made.

  • Bryan
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    1 month ago

    They both usually have the same meaning in that the person might or might not go to the game. However the sentence with "may" could also mean that the person has permission to attend the game. This would not be the usual meaning, but its possible. As in "My mother said I may go to the game this afternoon."

  • 1 month ago

    The question that came before, mostly.

    the "might" version is more tentative (less decisive) than the "may" version, so it' would usually be followed by something distinctly non-commital. (as in I might go, but I have a better choice)

  • 1 month ago

    There is a very subtle difference.

    May is generally used to talk about the possibility.

    Might talks of limited possibility. 

  • 1 month ago

    Basically the same, but to me "might" sounds like a more remote possibility of you going to that game than "may".

  • ..
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Exactly the same.

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