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  • Might, might not – possibility

    Exercise 1

    Rewrite the sentences on the right using might, might not.

    EXAMPLE: Maybe I will not be there. ⇒ I might not be there.

    1It's possible that I will come tomorrow. ⇒ I tomorrow.

    2Perhaps she doesn't know the truth ⇒ She the truth.

    3Maybe we will have to cancel the wedding. ⇒ We the wedding.

    4Perhaps they will call you for an interview. ⇒ They you for an interview.

    5Perhaps they won't say anything. ⇒ They anything.

    6Perhaps I will never see Karen again. ⇒ I Karen again.

    7It's possible that I will go to Italy next month. ⇒ I to Italy next month.

    8Perhaps she isn't at the office. ⇒ She at the office.

    9Maybe they won't like this solution. ⇒ They this solution.

    10It's possible that my sister will lend me the money. ⇒ My sister the money.


     

  • When do we use might and might not?

    Might (not)= Maybe it is (not) true

    We use might, might not when we think something is (not) or will (not) be true, but we aren’t sure.

    • ‘Suzan isn’t answering the phone.’ ‘She might be in the garden.’
    • The sky is clearing up. It might not rain this afternoon. 
    • They might win the competition. 

    I might (not)= It is possible that I will (not)

    We say that someone might do something to mean that ‘it is possible that someone will do something‘.

    • I might go for a run this afternoon. (=It’s possible that I will go for a run.)
    • She might come to the conference.

    We say that someone might not do something to mean that ‘it is possible that someone won’t do something‘.

    • I might not come to the party. (=It’s possible that I won’t come to the party.)
    • He might not go to work tomorrow. 

     

    May, may not

    May= might

    We can use may and may not instead of might and might not.

    • She may be late for class this morning. 
    • They may not like your decision. 

    May I…?

    We don’t often use might or may in questions. However, we can use may I in questions to ask for permission.

    • May I sit here? (=Can I sit here?)
    • May I come in?
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