A. As an independent verb, or as a quasi-auxiliary: to own energy; have capability; be able; can.
To indicate chance with contingency.
within good sense, when a poor clause ended up being followed by a contingent clause with if, may into the latter clause had been previously utilized elliptically, easily may meaning ‘if I can get a grip on it’ or ‘prevent it.’
Sometimes may is employed merely to stay away from a specific bluntness in placing a concern, or even recommend doubt regarding perhaps the person to whom the question is addressed can respond to it will be.
The preterit might is likewise used, with a few minor inclusion of contempt.
to point opportunity, moral energy, or the absolute energy surviving in another broker.
inside feeling may is hardly made use of today in negative conditions, as permission declined amounts to a complete prohibition, and consequently eliminates all doubt or contingency.
to point need, as with prayer, aspiration, imprecation, benediction, and the like. In this sense may well can be used for a wish contrary to exactly what can or must be: as, O that i may recall him from grave !
in-law, may in a statute is usually interpreted to suggest must, whenever made use of to not confer a favor, but to enforce a duty within the workout that the statute indicates that the general public or personal persons are to be considered to be having an interest.
In conditional clauses. [Rare, except in conditions where authorization is distinctly expressed.]
In concessive conditions.
In conditions expressing a purpose.
To celebrate May-day; take part in the festivities of Mayday: chiefly or only into the verbal noun maying and also the derivative mayer: as, to go a maying.