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May + have + P.P. #1 (permalink) Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:06 am   May + have + P.P.
 

Hi,

please help me understand when to use may/might+have+P.P.

I kindly request to please explain with some examples.
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May + have + P.P. #2 (permalink) Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:56 pm   May + have + P.P.
 

We need examples from you first, so that we know what you're talking about.
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May + have + P.P. #3 (permalink) Sun Jun 08, 2008 13:39 pm   May + have + P.P.
 

Hello Jamie (K),

Suppose I go to meet my friend & I find that he is not at his home, I think it is possible that he has gone to watch a movie. Now I want to tell you all this. Should I say this as following?

“My friend is not at home He may have gone to watch a movie”

1) Please tell me if this is correct.
2) When should I use “might” in this sentence?
3) Will there be any change in sentence if what I am reporting (my visit) happened today or two months back?

Please help.


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May + have + P.P. #4 (permalink) Sun Jun 08, 2008 13:53 pm   May + have + P.P.
 

In the first place, you're not talking about "may" + "have" + a prepositional phrase. You're talking about "may" + "have" + infinitive. I thought there was something wrong, because I couldn't think up a sentence with "may have" followed by a prepositional phrase.

1) Your sentence is wrong because it is really two sentences, and you didn't separate them with a period. In fact, you don't have a period at the end either.
2) You can use "might" if you are even less sure that he went to the movies.
3) No change.
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May + have + P.P. #5 (permalink) Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:41 am   May + have + P.P.
 

Hi jamie(k),

Thanks for replying. I am sorry for the mistakes in my question; I am yet to learn punctuation. But I did not understand following.

"you're not talking about "may" + "have" + a prepositional phrase. You're talking about "may" + "have" + infinitive. I thought there was something wrong, because I couldn't think up a sentence with "may have" followed by a prepositional phrase."

Please help me realize my mistake, so that I can learn.

I kindly request you to please reply.
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May + have + P.P. #6 (permalink) Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:32 am   May + have + P.P.
 

The word "to" in those expressions is not a preposition. It's the "to" of the infinitive form of a verb.
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May + have + P.P. #7 (permalink) Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:43 am   May + have + P.P.
 

Hello Jamie(k),

Thanks a lot.As a native speaker,How would you say this sentence? “My friend is not at home He may have gone to watch a movie”
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May + have + P.P. #8 (permalink) Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:50 am   May + have + P.P.
 

My friend isn't home. He may have gone to a movie.
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May + have + P.P. #9 (permalink) Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:12 pm   May + have + P.P.
 

Thank you very much,I have understood it now.I am grateful to you for your help.
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