I’ve always wondered about this. You may want to read it. ;) Great post Daryl!
Originally posted on The Daily Post:
The native English speakers among this blog’s readers will recognize the following little nursery rhyme:
Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
The words “may” and “might” can be pretty confusing. When should you use one vs. the other? Consider a sentence like “We may go to the game, depending on the weather,” which is hard to place as either more or less correct than the sentence “We might go to the game, depending on the weather.” Garner tells us that the words “occupy different places on a continuum of possibility,” with “may” expressing likelihood and “might” expressing “a stronger sense of doubt.”
So our word choice in the sentence pair above actually depends on the weather! If the weather has been gray but seems to be clearing up with a good chance…
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