Function and Pattern of Auxiliary Modal MAY
There some Auxiliary Modals in English we have to know when we study about sentence. However, in this occasion we will only study Modal “MAY”. In this case we will study Function and Pattern of Auxiliary Modal MAY so that we will be familiar to this auxiliary. (also study : Function and Pattern of Auxiliary Modal WILL)
Before studying about the function and its examples, it is better we study the pattern or the form of sentence using Modal MAY. As other auxiliary modals, the pattern of Modal MAY is able to be shown as below:
Pattern of Modal MAY
( + ) Subject + May + infinitive (verb 1) + Complement
- We may play football.
- They may study together.
- Jack may go to Makkah.
( – ) Subject + May + not + infinitive (verb 1) + Complement
- We may not play football.
- They may not study together.
- Jack may not go to Makkah.
( ? ) May + Subject + infinitive (verb 1) + Complement
- May we play football?
- May they study together?
- May Jack go to Makkah?
Below is the explanation about Function and Example of Auxiliary Modal MAY
The Function of Modal MAY
There are some functions of Auxiliary Modal “MAY” that is able to be studied, they are:
1. To show possibility (it is slightly stronger than “might”)
- What he said may be true.
- It may rain.
- You may win the race.
- I may go to the bank after this meeting.
2. To request or give permission (this is a formal use, “can” is the informal version)
- You may sit down.
- May I speak?
- He may not use the car.
- May I go to the office?
“That’s all the material of Function and Pattern of Auxiliary Modal MAY we can share for this occasion. We hope the material about Function and Pattern of Auxiliary Modal MAY above can improve our understanding about English, especially about auxiliary modal MAY. (study other material in Indonesian version at : Fungsi dan Rumus Modal WILL)