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i can versus i may

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i can versus i may

Postby simonwai99 » Sat Oct 16, 2004 2:39 pm

Hi again
My question is what is the difference between " you may go now" go " and " you can go now"?
Thanks
PS : words " May " and " Can " seem the same to me
Thanks a lot
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Postby Alan » Mon Oct 18, 2004 5:46 am

The traditional objection to the use of 'can' for giving/requesting permission is so frequently disregarded nowadays that to insist on it is often felt pedantic.

However, 'may' is still generally regarded as the more polite of the two forms in this sense.
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