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When I can use 'may' and when 'can'?



 
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When I can use 'may' and when 'can'? #1 (permalink) Fri May 12, 2006 15:23 pm   When I can use 'may' and when 'can'?
 

English Idioms and Expressions, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #3 "Take it easy", question 2

Am I allowed to smoke in here?

(a) May I
(b) Must I
(c) Can I
(d) Will I

English Idioms and Expressions, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #3 "Take it easy", answer 2

May I smoke in here?

Correct answer: (a) May I

Your answer was: correct
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when i can use may and when can?

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May vs. can #2 (permalink) Sat May 13, 2006 10:32 am   May vs. can
 

Hi Gelly,

Can suggests ability as in: Can you swim the whole length of the swimming pool?

May suggests permission as in:

May I use your swimming pool this afternoon?

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When I can use 'may' and when 'can'? #3 (permalink) Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:38 am   When I can use 'may' and when 'can'?
 

What are the differences between CAN I and MAY I?
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When I can use 'may' and when 'can'? #4 (permalink) Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:39 am   When I can use 'may' and when 'can'?
 

Thank you for answering my wondering
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When I can use 'may' and when 'can'? #5 (permalink) Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:01 am   When I can use 'may' and when 'can'?
 

Wouldn't it be wiser to question the possibility of smoking before asking for permission?
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When I can use 'may' and when 'can'? #6 (permalink) Sat Sep 12, 2009 20:28 pm   When I can use 'may' and when 'can'?
 

Hi Alan.
Thanks for being helpful.
Minhthuvo_1109 wrote:
What are the differences between CAN I and MAY I?

you can't find your answer?
Alan wrote:
Can suggests ability as in: Can you swim the whole length of the swimming pool?

May suggests permission as in:

May I use your swimming pool this afternoon?

Trimonke wrote:
Wouldn't it be wiser to question the possibility of smoking before asking for permission?

:lol: :D
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