Talk:may

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May is described as an adverb here. When I started learning English about 30 years ago I was told that may is a verb, albeit a special one (to may doesn't exist). AFAIK that hasn't changed. What happened to the English language when I was not watching? :-) D.D. 20:34 Jan 1, 2003 (UTC)

You're right. Eclecticology

May I ask what the **** frectel and schnock mean?

Webkid 19:02, 13 Dec 2003 (UTC)

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may

Tagged, not listed. Etym 3: verb. --Connel MacKenzie 13:22, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

The legitimate entry would be for a-Maying, possibly in Middle English. Chaucerian. Not sure what the lemma form would be. DCDuring TALK 16:37, 7 February 2008 (UTC)


Past tenseEdit

In what contexts is might used as the past tense of may? What I mean is: You may smoke means "you're allowed to smoke", but can you might smoke mean "you were allowed to smoke"?? I'm not saying that "might" is not a form of the verb "may". It is. But is it really the past tense?

  • "It might have been." seems to be a past tense usage. (but "It may have been." seems to convey the same meaning.) SemperBlotto (talk) 19:40, 20 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Go to might and look at sense 2 and 3. Ƿidsiþ 18:16, 24 February 2014 (UTC)
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