Unit 30: MAY AND MIGHT
May and might are modal verbs. Unit 27 shows you how to make correct sentences with them. This unit shows you when to use them.
EXAMPLE: I don't know where John is but he might be helping a customer.
NOTICE: The stores may be very busy. = today
BUT: The stores can be very busy. = generally
EXAMPLE: Clothing prices might fall again soon.
NOTICE: also may
EXAMPLE: I think you may have got a good deal.
NOTICE: also might; also could (Unit 29)
EXAMPLE: Customers may enter the store from 9:00 to 5:00 each day.
May I come in?
May we think about it for a few days?
Might with past tense
We use might (NOT may) in sentences with a past tense verb before the modal (Unit 63).
I thought that store might be busy so I went to a different one.
He told me that the next sale at the store might be very big.