Might

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Might is a modal auxiliary verb. It is followed by an infinitive without to. There is no -s in the third person singular.

Questions and negatives are made without do.

Might does not have infinitives or participles. When necessary, we use other words.

Meaning

Might is used to talk about possibility, and to ask for and give permission.

Possibility

We often use might to say that there is a chance that something is happening, or that there is a possibility of it happening.

May and Might: The difference

Might is the past equivalent of may in indirect speech. But it does not normally have a past meaning. It is used in the same way as may to talk about the present or future. The difference is that might usually refers to situations that are less probable or less definite. It is used when people think that something is possible but not very likely.

Might can mean 'would perhaps'.

Might + perfect infinitive

The structure might + perfect infinitive can be used to say that it is possible that something happened or was true in the past.

The same structure can be used to say that something was possible but did not happen.

Permission

Might can be used to ask for permission. It is very polite and formal; it is not common and is mostly used in indirect questions.

Sections in this article

Modal Auxiliary Verbs
Can
May and Can: differences
Could
May
Might
Will
Would
Shall
Should
Should: other uses
Must
Must: uses
Must and have to: The Difference
Ought to
Need
Had better
Should, Ought and Must: The difference