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  1. 1. MIGHT
  2. 2. <ul><li>&quot;Might&quot; is most commonly used to express possibility. It is also often used in conditional sentences. English speakers can also use &quot;might&quot; to make suggestions or requests, although this is less common in American English. </li></ul><ul><li>in the past: “the president might do nothing without the board's consent” </li></ul><ul><li>or a present condition contrary to fact: “if you were older you might understand” </li></ul><ul><li>or less probability or possibility than may: “might get there before it rains” </li></ul><ul><li>or as a polite alternative to may: “might I ask who is calling” </li></ul><ul><li>or to ought or should : “you might at least apologize” </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Your purse might be in the living room. possibility </li></ul><ul><li>If I didn't have to work, I might go with you. conditional </li></ul><ul><li>You might visit the botanical gardens during your visit. suggestion </li></ul><ul><li>Might I borrow your pen? request </li></ul>
  4. 4. Modal Use Positive Forms Negative Forms You can also use: 1. = Present   2. = Past   3. = Future 1. = Present   2. = Past   3. = Future might (possibility) 1. She might be on the bus. I think her car is having problems. 1. She might not be on the bus. She might be walking home. could, may 2. She might have taken the bus. I'm not sure how she got to work. 2. She might not have taken the bus. She might have walked home. 3. She might take the bus to get home. I don't think Bill will be able to give her a ride. 3. She might not take the bus. She might get a ride from Bill. might (conditional of may) 1. If I entered the contest, I might actually win. 1. Even if I entered the contest, I might not win.   2. If I had entered the contest, I might actually have won. 2. Even if I had entered the contest, I might not have won. 3. If I entered the contest tomorrow, I might actually win. Unfortunately, I can't enter it. 3. Even if I entered the contest tomorrow, I might not win. might (suggestion) 1. NO PRESENT FORM 1. NO PRESENT FORM could 2. You might have tried the cheese cake. 2. PAST FORM UNCOMMON 3. You might try the cheesecake. 3. You might not want to eat the cheese cake. It's very calorific. might request Might I have something to drink? Might I borrow the stapler? Requests usually refer to the near future. NEGATIVE FORMS UNCOMMON could, may, can
  5. 5. MIGHT OR MAY <ul><li>1.     He ____ be working. </li></ul><ul><li>2.   She ______  be in the school. </li></ul><ul><li>3.   ____  I take this book? </li></ul><ul><li>4.    ____  I listen to the radio? </li></ul><ul><li>5.   You  ____ want to go to the cinema. </li></ul><ul><li>6.   He _____  have sold his car. </li></ul><ul><li>7.   I _____  go to the cinema this Saturday. </li></ul><ul><li>8.   She _____  come with us to the party. </li></ul><ul><li>9.   You _____  ask him. </li></ul>