3 years ago
greggr
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May Have vs. Might Have: Which is correct?
This sentence may seem correct: "When all this happened, if I wasn’t there, he may have gotten away with it." but standard constructions says that it should be: "When all this happened, if I wasn’t there, he might have gotten away with it." Still, these two terms are often (and acceptably) used interchangeably: "6 Signs That You Might Be Psychic Signs You May be Psychic 7 Mistakes You Might Make Before Your Job Interview 5 Money Mistakes Even Good Savers May Make Fans might have to wait weeks before Dodgers games come to their TVs Apple Fans May Have to Wait Longer for Larger iPhone" But wait! You should be careful in one specific circumstance. If the event did not in fact occur, might is always the better choice. "If JFK had not been assassinated, civil rights legislation might have been delayed. If the English had defeated the Normans at Hastings, we might have inherited fewer spelling problems."
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So the right answer is that there is no right answer? XD Seems like I can use either!
@greggr Thank you for hitting on one of my petpeeves! Even though I know I'm completely guilty of making mistakes like this all the time, this one drives me crazy when I see it in headlines. Even though it isn't really incorrect, people should at least try to understand the grammar.
To be quite honest I've never though about my use of these words. I'll pay attention next time to see which of these two I've been favoring.