might or need?

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might or need?

Post by Brahman » Fri May 03, 2013 1:49 am

Is there anything wrong in saying, "Excuse me, I might need your help." ? When I said this to an officer at an Underground Station in London, he said, "You might or you need." I am not sure whether he was being churlish or cheeky. (He was, by the bye, an immigrant, i.e., not a Caucasian).

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Re: might or need?

Post by Alan » Sat May 04, 2013 2:06 am

There is nothing ungrammatical about it, but I also find it strange and am frankly unsurprised at the response that you got. (I also fail to see any relevance in your comment about his presumed ethnicity or socio-political status, neither of which necessarily has any bearing on language ability. )

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