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    Modal: may/might

    'May' is a modal auxiliary.

    - It does not take an  's' in the present tense.

    The past tense or conditional is 'might'.

    You use it like an auxiliary in the interrogative and negative forms:

     May I go out?  No, you may not.

     It has no infinitive form.

    - It has no participle.

    - If you want to use it in a tense which is not present or past you have to use 'to be allowed to'.


    'May' is used to express :


    May I go out Mum?

    You may eat some cake Jim.


    He may come late.

    He may be on holidays.

    Suggestion or reproach
    with 'might':

    He doesn't know what to do; he might ask Wendy.

    You might have done the washing-up!


    May this year bring you happiness and health!

    May/ might are sometimes used with a past participle :

    He might have been killed!

    He may have phoned while I was having a shower.

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    2. He is still at work! He late I am afraid.

    3. John couldn't repair his washing-machine; he his neighbour.

    4. They talked too loudly. They the baby!

    5. Darling! I wonder if I you that marvellous car you saw yesterday?

    6. Mum! My friends are having a party tonight ; please?

    7. Sweetheart! As you were at home, you the ironing, don't you think?

    8. Yes darling, but I was afraid I your marvellous shirt!

    9. He late because his flight has been delayed.

    10. Look at those clouds! It in a minute.

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