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what is the mean­ing of may and can

what is the dif­fer­ence of may and can

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  1. There are many dif­fer­ences, most of them small, some of them cul­tural, but one of the best descrip­tions of the dis­tinc­tions comes from the American Heritage Dictionary:

    “Generations of gram­mar­i­ans and teach­ers have insisted that can should be used only to express the capac­ity to do some­thing, and that may must be used to express per­mis­sion. But chil­dren do not use can to ask per­mis­sion out of a desire to be stub­bornly per­verse. They have learned it as…”

    Read the robust expla­na­tion at https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=can&submit.x=22&submit.y=21

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