English grammar questions, answered by Alan
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My question is what is the difference between " you may go now" go " and " you can go now"?
PS : words " May " and " Can " seem the same to me
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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.