May Versus Might

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Mignon Fogarty
3-minute read
Episode #96

Web Bonus: List of Common Modals

  • Can

  • Could

  • May

  • Might

  • Must

  • Need to

  • Ought to

  • Shall

  • Should

  • Will

  • Would

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"Some Common Solecisms,”The Economist.com Style Guide

Strumpf, M. and Douglas, A. The Grammar Bible. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2004,  p. 77.


About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.

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