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Nível Avançado › Car Rental Nightmare

  • At the end of this lesson you’ll be able to:

    • Understand the difference between "may" and "might"
    • Understand the different uses of the word "compact"
    • Understand how to rent a car

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MAY X MIGHT
Dialog: "We may have something full-size, though."

Both "may" and "might" are modal verbs used to express possibility and probability. In general they can be used interchangeably without any difference in meaning. However "may" expresses a slightly higher level of probability. We use may/might with have + the past participle to talk about possible events in the past.

 

1) MAY

  • Why is Joseph late? He may have missed the bus.  (past)
  • Sarah may not be upset. You know these kinds of things rarely bother her. (present)
  • When the time comes he may get a call from my lawyer. (future)

 

Dialog: "All right. I might need the extra trunk space."

2) MIGHT

  • It's too bad she didn't have her water bottle with her when she got lost in the desert; she might not have died of thirst. (past)
  • That cake looks delicious. I just might like a piece! (present)
  • The teacher said he might give us a pop quiz next week. Are you going to study? (future)

 

Sobre esta aula

Renting a car can be more nightmarish for would-be travelers than the actual driving itself! But never fear. Though we may not get the Ferrari we wanted, a compact hatchback jalopy might just get the job done. But make sure to get full coverage if you dare to risk the American highways. And if you're thinking about "hiring" a car in England or Down Under where they drive on the "wrong" side of the road, I'd suggest you take a cab!

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