conditional of can
Used as a past subjunctive (contrary to fact).
“I think he could do it if he really wanted to.”
“I wish I could fly!”
Used to politely ask for permission to do something.
“Could I borrow your coat?”
Used to politely ask for someone else to do something.
“Could you proofread this email?”
Used to show the possibility that something might happen.
“We could rearrange the time if you like.”
Something that could happen, or could be the case, under different circumstances; a potentiality.
Power, strength, force or influence held by a person or group.
Physical strength or force.
“He pushed with all his might, but still it would not move.”
The ability to do something.
Used to indicate conditional or possible actions.
“I might go to the party, but I haven’t decided yet.”
Used to indicate permission in past tense.
“He asked me if he might go to the party, but I haven’t decided yet.”
Used to indicate possibility in past tense.
“I thought that I might go the next day.”
Used to indicate a desired past action that was not done.
“Hey man, you might have warned me about the thunderstorm”
past of can
used to indicate possibility
“I would go if I could afford it”
“they could be right”
used in making suggestions or polite requests
“could I use the phone?”
“you could always ring him up”
used to indicate annoyance because of something that has not been done
“they could have told me!”
used to indicate a strong inclination to do something
“he irritates me so much that I could scream”
past of may
used in reported speech, to express possibility or permission
“he said he might be late”
expressing a possibility based on an unfulfilled condition
“we might have won if we’d played better”
expressing annoyance about something that someone has not done
“you might have told me!”
“he avoided social engagements so that he might work”
used tentatively to ask permission or to express a polite request
“might I just ask one question?”
“you might just call me Jane, if you don’t mind”
asking for information, especially condescendingly
“and who might you be?”
used to express possibility or make a suggestion
“this might be true”
“you might try pain relievers”
great and impressive power or strength, especially of a nation, large organization, or natural force
“a convincing display of military might”