English has always been my favorite subject back in grade school. I enjoy our drills, our quizzes and writing activities.
One of the “uses” stuck in me comes from my favorite English teacher, Mrs. Monroy…she was the Ms.Minchin in our school. 😀 It’s about the use of ‘May’ and ‘Can.’ I think a lot of kids cannot differentiate the uses of the two. Even in German, I hear kids interchanging them.
We use “can” to indicate capability or possibility, e.g.
“I don’t know if I can run for tomorrow’s race.”
The implication here is on whether you have the physical capacity or maybe the time to join the race.
“May” is used when you are asking permission, or indicating it, e.g.
“I don’t know if I may run for tomorrow’s race.”
The implication here is on whether you have the permission or if you would be allowed to join the race.
C5 @ C5 Living Life says
Yes, I hear even TV personalities with journalistic degree get confused with this too. 🙂
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Bambie ? says
Wow this is very helpful lalo na sa mga medyo nalilito sa "can" and "may". I used to be confused with those words before hehe.. Anyway, have a nice day.
Photo Cache says
I remember in school when we asked for potty break, we'd say, Can I go out? She would nod her head and say Yes you MAY!!!!!
me too, i remember learning this in school.
rjs mama says
i fully understand the difference when I was reviewing for the NCEE 🙂
followed and included you in my blogroll, hopefully you can do the same 🙂
I too was so confused with it when I was in grade school. thanks to my very patient English teacher. 🙂