Quick answer
"Will" is a noun which is often translated as "la voluntad", and "may" is an auxiliary verb which is often translated as "poder". Learn more about the difference between "will" and "may" below.
will(
wihl
)
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. (used to indicate the future)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It will be done by tomorrow.Estará hecho mañana.
My package will arrive in a couple of days or so.Mi paquete llegará en un par de días.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (determination)
a. la voluntad
(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).
His will helped him achieve his dream.Su voluntad lo ayudó a cumplir su sueño.
3. (law)
a. el testamento
(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).
He is not named in his mother's will.No aparece en el testamento de su madre.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to wish)
a. querer
At least he was willing to listen.Al menos quiso escuchar.
5. (to ordain)
a. disponer
Destiny is willed by the gods.Los dioses disponen el destino.
6. (to bequeath)
a. dejar
She willed me the family home.Me dejó la casa familiar.
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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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