Might is a modal verb. The word might shows possibility of something happening.
We might go on holiday. (It is a possibility that we will go on holiday)
might + infinitive
I might = It is possible that I will
|I might come to your house later.|
|We might sleep at grandma’s house tonight.|
|You might win the swimming competition.|
|They might go to the park to play football.|
|He might buy a car because he passed his driving test.|
|She might start working soon.|
|It might rain.|
I might not = It is possible that I will not
|I might not attend the conference.|
|We might not be late to school today.|
|You might not find the lipstick you lost.|
|They might not listen to you.|
|He might not go out tonight.|
|She might not order Chinese food.|
|It might not snow.|
The difference – Sure vs Possible :
|I’m going out tonight.||I might go out tonight.|
|Grandma is going to phone you tonight.||Grandma might phone you tonight.|
|I’m playing football tonight.||I might play football tonight.|
|She is crying because you shouted at him.||She might cry if you shout at him.|
You can use may in the same way.
I may = I might
Example: I may go to Kate’s house. (= I might go to Kate’s house)
|I may…||I might…|
|I may go to the supermarket.||I might go to the supermarket.|
|She may go to Susie’s house.||She might go to Susie’s house.|
|He may not come out for dinner with us.||He might not come out for dinner with us.|
|It may rain.||It might rain.|
|They may come over to the house.||They might come over to the house.|
|We may not play tennis.||We might not play tennis.|
The modal verb may is used to express permission and to ask if you are allowed to do something.
May I….? (=Is it okay to..?) (= Can I…?)
Example: May I go to the toilet? (= Is it okay if I go to the toilet? / Can I go to the toilet?)
|May I sit here?|
|May I go to Tom’s house?|
|May I use the car tomorrow night?|
|May I use your mobile phone to ring my mum?|
|May I stay out until late?|
|May I ask what the time is?|
Name 5 infinitive verbs.
Complete the sentences using each of the infinitive verbs you have mentioned in Exercise 1.
I might ______________________________________________________________________
He might not _________________________________________________________________
We might ____________________________________________________________________
They might ___________________________________________________________________
She might not _________________________________________________________________
Fill in the missing gaps with the infinitive verbs.
be go sleep rain walk
Louise might __________ to her friend’s house.
They might ____________ at their grandma’s house tonight.
She might __________ ill.
I might __________ to work tomorrow.
It might __________ tonight.
Create your own sentences and questions.
They may ____________________________________________________________________
It may _______________________________________________________________________
May I ________________________________________________________________________
May he _______________________________________________________________________
Challenge: Write whether each sentence is sure or possible.
I’m playing football on Saturday night. ________________
She might not go to work tomorrow. __________________
Susie is coming over to my house tonight. _____________
I might go Emma’s house.___________________________
They might go swimming on Saturday __________________