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"Might" is a noun which is often translated as "la fuerza", and "may" is an auxiliary verb which is often translated as "poder". Learn more about the difference between "might" and "may" below.
might(
mayt
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (strength)
a. la fuerza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We pushed with all our might but it wouldn't move.Empujamos con todas nuestras fuerzas pero no se movía.
b. el poder
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The parade was just a display of their military might.El desfile no era más que una exhibición de su poder militar.
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
2. (to ask permission)
a. poder
Might I ask you one last question?¿Puedo hacerle una última pregunta?
3. (to make a petition)
a. poder
Might I have a cup of tea?¿Podría tomar una taza de té?
Might I see some ID, please?¿Me puede enseñar un documento de identidad, por favor?
4. (to express possibility)
a. puede que
He might have to go to the doctor.Puede que tenga que ir al doctor.
b. a lo mejor
She might be in love.A lo mejor está enamorada.
5. (to express annoyance)
a. poder
He might at the very least offer to pay for the travel expenses.Como mínimo podía haberse ofrecido a pagar los gastos de viaje.
You might as well have told me!¡Podrías habérmelo dicho!
6. (to ask for information)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
And where might that come from?¿Y de dónde ha salido eso?
Who might the lady talking to the bride be?¿Quién será esa señora que habla con la novia?
7. (to express purpose)
a. poder
He held the door open so that we might pass.Sujetó la puerta para que pudiéramos pasar.
How should I send the letter so that it might arrive on time?¿Cómo puedo enviar la carta para que llegue a tiempo?
8. (to make a suggestion)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Mightn't it be a better idea to go by foot?¿No sería mejor idea ir a pie?
You might want to ask her.Mejor que le preguntes a ella.
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may(
mey
)
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
1. (when asking permission)
a. poder
I’d like to make a suggestion, if I may.Quisiera hacer una sugerencia, si me lo permites.
May I leave the table? - No, you may not.¿Puedo levantarme de la mesa? - No, no puedes.
2. (when indicating possibility)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
She may have decided to go to the movies by herself.A lo mejor decidió ir al cine sola.
We may be able to find a replacement for you so you can take off.Puede que podamos encontrar a alguien que te sustituya para que puedas tener el día libre.
3. (when wishing or expressing purpose)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
May you both be very happy!¡Que sean muy felices!
We want to preserve this landscape so that it may be enjoyed by future generations.Queremos conservar este paisaje para que las generaciones venideras lo disfruten.
4. (when conceding or justifying something)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I may not be rich, but I’m happy.No seré rica, pero soy feliz.
You may not like the taste of the cough syrup, but you have to take it.Puede que no te guste el sabor del jarabe para la tos, pero hay que tomarlo.
May
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
5. (month)
a. mayo
My birthday is at the end of May.MI cumpleaños es a finales de mayo.
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