Do you know the difference between “can” and “may?” use “can” when talking about being able to do something.
- I can throw a ball very far.
- The teacher can explain the lesson to her students.
- My mom and my dad can buy a new car.
“May” is used when asking for permission. “May” is used in formal English. We would use “may” when asking a question to someone that you respect, like a parent, teacher, or grandparent.
- May I go to the bathroom?
- May I go to the mall?
- May he leave the house?
You can also use “can” in these sentences if you are speaking informally.
- Can I go to the bathroom?
- Can I go to the mall?
- Can he leave the house?
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