Everyday English – may and might II


Everyday English –
may and might II

Sometimes we need to use may or might in the past tense. Let’s practice that today.
“I can’t find my cell phone. I MIGHT have left it in the car.”
To say that something was possible in the past we use MAY have (verb) or MIGHT have (verb).
” I MIGHT have left it in the car.” = It’s possible I left my phone in the car.
“Where is my cell phone?”
* Remember * After ‘have‘ we will use the past participle form of the verb. Sometimes the past participle is the same as the past tense.
” I can’t find my cell phone. I MIGHT have left it in the car.”

Examples of verbs whose past participles are the same as the past tense.
leave – left – left
walk – walked – walked
play – played – played


*Sometimes the past participle is not the same as the past tense.
“I can’t find my cell phone. I MAY have forgotten it at work.”

Examples of verbs whose past participles are different from the past tense.
forget – forgot – forgotten
throw – threw – thrown
eat – ate – eaten

More example sentences.

A: “Brian didn’t eat very much at the company dinner.”
B: “He MAY have had a late lunch.”

A: “Where is Jim?”
B: “He MAY have forgotten there was a meeting after work today.”


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