When to use May and Can?

May” is used to express possibility or to ask for permission. For example:

  • It may rain tomorrow. (There is a possibility that it will rain tomorrow.)
  • May I borrow your pen? (I am asking for permission to borrow your pen.)

Can” is used to express ability or possibility. It is also used to ask for permission, but it is less formal than “may.” For example:

  • I can swim. (I have the ability to swim.)
  • Can you help me with this? (I am asking for your help.)

In general, “may” is used to express a higher degree of possibility or to ask for permission in a more formal way, while “can” is used to express ability or possibility and is often used to ask for permission in a less formal way.

By Karen

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