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The word "may" can be used in two different ways. Firstly, to say what is possible, and secondly, to:

The word "may" is _______________ "can" or "could".

"I think I may have broken my phone."
What does this mean?

"May I make a suggestion?"
What is the speaker doing?

"May I have some time to think about it?"
What is the speaker saying?

When talking about possibility, the meaning of "might" is ____________ "may".

"He might be coming to the party."
What does this mean?

"Maybe" and "may be" have the same meaning.
True or false?

"Perhaps I'll have a salad for lunch."
Another way of saying "perhaps" is ___________.

We _______ going to Portugal for our holidays.


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As always great lesson. Thanks

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

    Yep! I absulutely agree with you; it was a phenomenal video lesson. I admire the way she explains grammar with great easy.

    Talking abou t modal verbs, could it be possible for you Gill to develop a lesson on HAVE and must? As far as I can tell, there are also subtle differences in their use.

    Thanks for sharing all this with us Gill. Take care.

    Friday, May 5th 2017

    Thannk you Gill!

    Sunday, July 9th 2017

Thank you Gill

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

    greeting from Azerbaijan )

    Thursday, May 4th 2017

Hi Gill, I have a question about the order that may/might it’s place in a sentence. Can it be place after have,like in the example you gave (Do you think you may have dropped them in the street) can it be Doyou think you have MAY dropped them …….

Also I didn’t quite understood the difference between maybe and may be, May you help to understand that please?

I really enjoy watching your videos, it was a while since your last one :D

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

    Hello Fernandabelen — thanks for your question. The word order must be ‘may have’ — it doesn’t sound correct the other way around. As I explained in the video, ‘maybe’ means ‘perhaps’, but ‘may be’ are two separate words meaning ‘could be’. Thanks for your kind words — I’m glad you find the videos enjoyable :-)

    Sunday, May 14th 2017

      Hi Gill, I understood all the lesson without using subtitles. Your English is very clear and you are a nice, good teacher. Thank you so much.

      Friday, June 2nd 2017

      you are wonderfull teacher gill. thanks for videos
      but may ı ask => :) may be = could be ?

      Thursday, July 20th 2017

Very useful lesson, Gill. Thank you so much.

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

Thank you EngVid for this lesson

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

Great, thank you Gill.

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

Great lesson , thank you

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

It’s my first time 100 score. Thank you very much, Gill.

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

Thank Ms Gill for your lesson! but i’d like to ask more something. I think the sentence: maybe and may be have same meaning is correct. both of them are possible, they are different about position in sentence, when they are in first sentence it’s maybe, and when position of them in sentence they are may be. please explain more for me

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

    Thanks Nguyen — as I said in the video, ‘maybe’ and ‘may be’ are different. Please see my reply to Fernandabelen above. Best wishes :-)

    Sunday, May 14th 2017

Perfecttt..Thankyou Gill

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Hi Gill mam. Thank you for this wonderful lesson.

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Clearly understood.
Thank you very much, Gill.

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Great!!!
Thanks a lot!!!

Thursday, May 4th 2017

10/10 How simply! Thank you very much!

Thursday, May 4th 2017

    Oh, really? You must be real good at grammar! See you around Irina.

    Friday, May 5th 2017

I got 9/10, I am incorret in number 10. Thanks a lot ! Miss Gill, Your lesson very useful. that lesson was bitchin”!

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Thanks

Thursday, May 4th 2017

100% I got :) Thank you

Thursday, May 4th 2017

10 out of 10 :-) Thanks a lot!

Thursday, May 4th 2017

I might have known about the differences between may and might if could know about this video early.
Thanks, grandma.

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Thank you Gill!

Thursday, May 4th 2017

thank u madam Gill, your lesson was great!

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Thanks Gill!!Great lesson!!

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Very good lesson! Thank you very much Gill

Thursday, May 4th 2017

You are so cute! Thank you Gill.

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Thank you Gill! new learning for me.

Thursday, May 4th 2017

I got 10, I can´t believe it!

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Hi Gill! Thanks for this lesson! I didn’t sure about the use of the word “might”, you do clarify me the difference.

Thursday, May 4th 2017

It’s a fruitfully lesson as usual, appreciate what you are doing to keep us more strong in understanding English language day after day .
My best regards Gill.

Thursday, May 4th 2017

9 out of 10 hahahaha

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Thank you so much to help with lessons!!!

Thursday, May 4th 2017

This lesson was so helpful.
Thank you Dear Gill!

Thursday, May 4th 2017

This lesson has been very helpful because we have reviewed two important modal verbs like “may” and “might”, and overall the difference between two expressions with the same sound but not equal in meaning, very useful this last explanation of “maybe” or “perhaps”, not verb, and “may be” that it’s used as a verb. Thanks a lot, teacher Gill, we are lucky people because your method of learning English is very pedagogic and amusing, we can enjoy listening to all the explanations.

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Thank you for this helpful lesson Gill

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Thank you very much the lesson was very helpful

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Thank you so much! (^▽^) by the way,you are so cute~

Friday, May 5th 2017

It’s very clear my understanding …
9 of 10 Thank you !!!

Friday, May 5th 2017

It’s great!

Friday, May 5th 2017

thank you Gill

Friday, May 5th 2017

Thank you Gill,wish you a good health and a favorable job!

Friday, May 5th 2017

Thank you Gill

Friday, May 5th 2017

Useful lesson now the difference is more clear to me thanks a lot.

Friday, May 5th 2017

thanks a lot for the lesson! very helpful

Friday, May 5th 2017

Thank you Mam Gill. Your knowledge is useful for me.

Friday, May 5th 2017

Thak you, Gill for your clear explanation. I am brazilian and I’ve a biggest difficult for studing english. Sorry, if you find some mistake!

Regards… Xoxo

Friday, May 5th 2017

Great Video. You are so charming. I learn a lot. Thank you very much, Gill!

Friday, May 5th 2017

. I’m not quite understand abou maybe 1 word ang May be two word. Can u describe it??
Thank you

Saturday, May 6th 2017

    Thanks Pypiiwutear — please see my reply to Fernandabelen above. Best wishes :-)

    Sunday, May 14th 2017

everything is clear. her pronunciation is very easy understanding. thank u, I sure it will helps me in future

Saturday, May 6th 2017

Very helpful. Thank you

Saturday, May 6th 2017

thanks

Saturday, May 6th 2017

Thank you very much, Gill. As usual, it was a pleasure to listen to your lesson and to learn smth new.

Saturday, May 6th 2017

thank you for you to make me understand that :)

Saturday, May 6th 2017

It was great.
Thank you Gill,

Sunday, May 7th 2017

I might become as rich as Bill Gates. Did I say might? Of course it’s not true lol. That’s absolutely impossible.

Sunday, May 7th 2017

Thank you so much!!

Sunday, May 7th 2017

I REALLY LOVE ALL THESE TEACHERS♥ THANKS AND GREETINGS FROM VENEZUELA.

Monday, May 8th 2017

perfect!!

Monday, May 8th 2017

Thanks Gill, this lesson was great and easy..:)

Monday, May 8th 2017

Thanks, Gill! Great!!!

Monday, May 8th 2017

Hello Gill .
Thank you for this lesson .
May I ask you something about the usage of “ask” .
” I ask you to make a suggestion ” or ” I ask you for making a suggestion ” ; may I use both sentences to say the same meaning ?
Thanks for your reply
See you

Tuesday, May 9th 2017

    Hi tsamp — your first example is correct, but your second example doesn’t sound right in English. All the best :-)

    Sunday, May 14th 2017

I love this class^^ because very slow. I can listen to english well in this class.
Thank you.

Thursday, May 11th 2017

Great Class Gill! Good explanations! It´s easier to learn English with you. Wow…I got 10 correct out of 10! Thank you so much! God bless you! Greetings from Fortaleza (Brazil).

Thursday, May 11th 2017

Thank you!

Thursday, May 11th 2017

Thanx so much Gill got a perfect score., its awesome/.

Friday, May 12th 2017

Many thanks for your superlative lesson, Gill! Sergio (Italy)

Friday, May 12th 2017

Thank you very much, Gill!

Friday, May 12th 2017

Hi Gill!

Thanks for this lesson! It’s always necessary to know these slight differences between similar words so that we can use them in the right way and make ourselves more clear.

May we have more videos like this one?

Best wishes from Rio de Janeiro!

PS: I have heard that the Past Participle of the verb “to forget” may be “forgot” or “forgotten”. Which one is used in the UK? Or both might be used indistinctly?

Friday, May 12th 2017

    Hi Eduardo — thank you for your kind words! Some verbs have different forms in the past tense, and this applies to the verb ‘to forget’. So for the simple past tense we say ‘I forgot’, but in the present perfect (which requires the use of the past participle) we say ‘I have forgotten’. Some verbs have the same form for the simple past and the past participle, but other verbs have different forms. I’m sorry it’s so complicated! But here is a link that might be helpful: https://www.thoughtco.com/difference-between-a-weak-verb-and-a-strong-verb-1691036
    All the best :-)

    Sunday, May 14th 2017

      Thank you for replying Gill! It was very kind of yours. The website you suggested me is quite interesting as well. :)

      Monday, May 15th 2017

Got 100. Gill , “may” we used just specifically for elders or someone whom we respect or generally for anyone in a polite way? Another thing gill. I didn’t get the clearer concept between maybe and may be . I found both more or less the same. Can you make it More easier for me?

Saturday, May 13th 2017

    Thanks Anne — ‘may’ is used for anyone you want to be polite to. Regarding your other question, please see my reply to Fernandabelen above. Best wishes :-)

    Sunday, May 14th 2017

I loved your video, Gill! Thank you very much for your helpful explanation!

Saturday, May 13th 2017

may i thank you for the time you put into this clip.I might send this clip to my friend maybe I will show my brother to.I may be tied but I did manage to get 10 out of 10 on the quiz..THANK YOU

Sunday, May 14th 2017

Got 100, thank you Gill! I will seeing your videos.

Sunday, May 14th 2017

thanks mam for a great lesson

Wednesday, May 17th 2017

Its a nice class

Wednesday, May 17th 2017

Excellent! This is the first time that someone has managed to explain to me the subtle difference between the two verbs. Thank you very much.

Friday, May 19th 2017

Hi Gill, thanks a lot for this great lesson!
I’ve got a doubt.. Could I say “maybe it will be raining tomorrow morning”?
Thanks for your help.

Sunday, May 21st 2017

Hi Gill,
Firstly I would like to thanks for the wonderful lesson.
May I have a question for the quiz.
I wonder about the question number 7.

” He might be coming to the party. ”
Is it mean the speaker does not sure that he is going to the party now (on the way). However, it is possible that he is on his way.
May I say that it is possible that he does not want to go to the party? or I’m just thinking over.

Wednesday, May 24th 2017

great teacher
thank you!

Thursday, June 1st 2017

thank you so much teacher.

Friday, June 2nd 2017

T.Y
Gill srry i have enought time SRRY!!
I continue this tomorrow
OK bye GILL.

Saturday, June 3rd 2017

Thank you so much mrs. Gill

Sunday, June 4th 2017

Thank you Gill for explaining the difference between may and might. And you are right, maybe and may be are easy to get me confused. I have been always liked your teaching style. Looking forward to seeing more videos from you.

All the best,
Joanne

Thursday, June 8th 2017

Thanks Ms.Gill. I was really doubtful about the use of may or might in a sentence. Sometimes I say may in a sentence in place of might. But after taking lesson from you, I really have run out this difficulty. Thanks again Ma’am.
Also after taking your lecture I got 100% result. That means your way of teaching is helpful for everyone in getting rid of their respective difficulties.
Looking forward to see more from your side Ma’am. All the very best for that. !

Friday, June 9th 2017

Thanks Gill. I was a great class. you are very good

Friday, June 9th 2017

i got all right thanks :)

Friday, June 9th 2017

Thank you , Gill.

Wednesday, June 14th 2017

Thanks, Gill.Good lesson. I got 100

Thursday, June 15th 2017

Thanks Gill.may I meet you face to face?

Friday, June 16th 2017

a million thanks from here in the Philippines! :)

Monday, June 19th 2017

Thank you so much Gill for this lesson.

Friday, June 23rd 2017

Thanks a lot Gill

Saturday, June 24th 2017

Hi Gill, I really love your lessons :).
I have a question for you:is it correct use”may” in this context?
“before your arrival we’ll help you giving you all the information you may need to reach it.”
The idea is that you “may” need my help because if you usually use navigators probably you don’t need my help to get to my house, otherwise you will surely need my assistance. Is it correct?
Thank you :)

Sunday, June 25th 2017

I got 10!!! Yep!!!

Thursday, July 6th 2017

THe EngVid is life! THe better Web Learning English that i saw. Thanks teachers without exceptions.

Thursday, July 6th 2017

Very useful I got 10 out of 10. Thank you

Saturday, July 15th 2017

Thank you, Gill~

Sunday, July 16th 2017
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