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Is this really the past tense of may? I don't think so. Compare:

You are allowed to smoke outside today. You may smoke outside today.
You were allowed to smoke outside yesterday. ???You might smoke outside yesterday.

You might certainly doesn't mean the same thing as 'you were allowed to. --Ptcamn 18:09, 14 December 2005 (UTC)

Might is indeed the past tense of may. English auxiliary verbs are fraught with irregularities and particularities of all sorts. This article certainly needs a good deal of expansion. Ncik 00:33, 15 December 2005 (UTC)
Perhaps it was historically, but certainly not synchronically. --Ptcamn 12:41, 26 December 2005 (UTC)

Verb pronunciation.Edit

Shouldn't this entry mention that the verb is pronounced with an 'n' sound between the 'i' sound and the 't' sound?

As an adverbEdit

After an edit I just made to Wikipedia, I noticed that I used the phrase "might ought to go there," which sounded (and still sounds) better to me than "might want to go there" when talking about wiki entries. Since I hadn't actually heard of double modals until I caught myself using this phrase, I googled it and found that 1. double modals are a Scottish/North English/Southern American dialectal feature, but 2. that "might" in the way I used it is more widespread, and speculation—for example here, here, and here that "might" in this case is an adverb, similar to "probably." I'm a bit short on time right now and so I figure I'll ask if anybody has anything to say on the matter, and try to remember to revisit it at some point. —Quintucket (talk) 01:08, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

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