May, Might to ask question, take permission or make request


May/ Might is used to ask question, take permission or make requests. Likewise we use ‘may / might‘ to answer questions.

May I come in? Permission

May I leave early? Permission

May I use your phone? Permission / Request

May I have a glass of water? Request

May I sit her? It is too hot near the window. Permission / Request

May I know your name, please? Question

May I know why you were absent yesterday? Question

You may leave early.

Yes, you may.

No, you may not.

Might I borrow your pen for a minute? Permission / Request

The word ‘might’ is more polite and informal.


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