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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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