474 – Can vs. May

MichaelADConfusing Words, Grammar

Hey everyone! The other day, one of my students was asking me about can and may. There are some similarities with how we use these words, and so I thought that would be an interesting idea to share here on the podcast. So, for today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how we can use can and may!

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details:

  • Can I borrow your pen?
  • May I borrow your pen?
  • Can I have a large coffee?
  • May I have a large coffee?
  • I can play the guitar but I can’t play the drums.
  • You can find a lot of great pizza shops in New York City.
  • According to the forecast, it may rain this weekend.
  • I may go to Chicago next month. I’m still thinking about it.
  • It might rain this weekend.
  • I might go to Chicago next month.
  • I can’t play football. I’m not a team sports kind of guy.
  • I may not go to the party tomorrow. I’m kind of tired.

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