May/Might in first conditional

May or Might instead of Will in First Conditional

May or might can also be used to substitute Will in First conditional sentences

Compare will and may/might:

If it’s sunny, I will go to the beach tomorrow. (I want to go to the beach tomorrow, so if the weather is good I’m certain that I will go)

or

If it’s sunny, I might go to the beach tomorrow. (I’m thinking of going to the beach tomorrow, if the weather is good it’s possible that I will go)

 

More examples:

  • If I arrive early, I may/might go to the party.  (it’s possible I will go to the party, but first I need to arrive early)
  • If Mike doesn’t have a lot of work, he may/might go to rugby training.  (it’s possible that Mike will go to training, but not if he has a lot of work)
  • Johnny may play basketball tomorrow if the doctor says his leg is fine. (If the doctor gives his approval there’s a possibility that Johnny will play, but it’s not certain)

 

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