May vs Might - English Grammar - Teaching Tips

 

Even though many people use "may" and "might" interchangeably, they actually have slightly different meanings. The word "may", for example refers to a possibility, while "might" conveys slightly more uncertainty. In the example "There are dark clouds in the sky. It may rain later", we use "may" because the dark clouds suggest the possibility of rain. The sentence "I'm sick but I might come to the party" uses "might" because it is not certain the person will go to the party. This means, you should use 'may' when there is some kind of a sign that predicts or indicates future happenings. You should use 'might' when expressing something a little more unlikely or uncertain.


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This unit taught me about teachers and learners. The unit gives a broad picture of what it means to be a teacher and talks about different characters a good teacher has as well as different roles a teacher needs to take on. The unit also talks about the characteristics of a good learner and how its important for a teacher to encourage these characteristics.The two videos are very different. The first one shows how bad it is for a teacher to come to class with a bad attitude. The students are intimidated and reluctant to participate. I think they didn't learn much after the class. The second is very smooth. The teacher's smile and friendly behavior make the students comfortable and to actively participate.