Exercise 3

Complete each sentence using might, might not and one of the verbs in the box.


be    get    go    have    like    play    spend    rain    remember    stay    win

EXAMPLE: The food isn’t very good. You might not like it.

1 'Where are you going next summer?' 'We don't have any money, so we anywhere.

2 'Collin isn't at home.' 'He in his office.'

3 He's trained very hard. I think he the competition.

4 'Why hasn't Nick called him?' 'He his number.'

5 If you don't take a map, you lost.

6 I don't feel like going out. I think I at home.

7 She what happened because she hit her head very hard.

8 Look at those clouds. It this afternoon.

9 If it doesn't rain, I tennis tomorrow.

10 He said he the money he won on a new car.



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?