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Unit 29. May and might (1)
(использование оборотов may и might 1)

Study this example situation:
Unit 29. May and might (1) He may be in his office.
He might be having lunch.
Ask Ann. She might know.
(= perhaps he is in his office)
(= perhaps he is having lunch)
(= perhaps she knows)

We use may or might to say that something is a possibility. Usually you can use may or might, so you can say: The negative forms are may not and might not (or mightn't): Study the structure:
I/ you/ he (etc.) may
(not) be (true / in his office etc.)
be (doing / working /having etc.)
do / go / know / have / want etc.

For the past we use may have (done) or might have (done): Study the structure:
I/ you/ he (etc.) may
(not) have been (asleep / at home etc.)
been (doing / waiting etc.)
done / known / had / seen etc.

Sometimes could has a similar meaning to may and might: But couldn't (negative) is different from may not and might not. Compare: See Unit 27. Could
(использование оборотов could (do) и could have (done)).
See Unit 30. May/might (2)
(использование оборотов may и might 2).
See Unit 36. May I … ?
(использование оборотов Can/ Could/ Would you …?).
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