Presentation on theme: "may [modal verb]: expressing possibilty or permision: I may be late this evening. ·The brakes may have failed. ·May I use your phone? Grammar patterns."— Presentation transcript:
may [modal verb]: expressing possibilty or permision: I may be late this evening. ·The brakes may have failed. ·May I use your phone? Grammar patterns 1. may + bare infinitive: the train may be late. 2. may + not + bare infinitive: Don’t give them any raw fish, they may not like it. 3. may + (not) + have + past participle: Fiona’s not here. She may have gone to lunch. 4. It + may + be + that-clause: I’m hopeless at languages. ~It may be that you’ve never tried.
may Collocations The following adverbs commonly occur with may: (very) well, (very) possibly, conceivably, (very) easily. - Liverpool may well win - They may very easily have delayed. -She may very possibly have left the country. - interests rates may conceivably fall even lower.
may Set phrases “may as well…” We may as well go home: there’s nothing happening here. “may I suggest/may I just say…” May I suggest we take a break just as this point? may….but She may be the boss, but that does’t mean she can do what she wants.