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# According to scientists at the University of California, the

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According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who lived in Africa sometime between 140,000 and 280,000 years ago.

(D) indicates that everyone alive today may be a descendant of a single female ancestor who
(E) indicates that everyone alive today might be a descendant from a single female ancestor who

When to use 'may', when 'might'?

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11 Sep 2006, 01:15
quasars wrote:
According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who lived in Africa sometime between 140,000 and 280,000 years ago.

(D) indicates that everyone alive today may be a descendant of a single female ancestor who
(E) indicates that everyone alive today might be a descendant from a single female ancestor who

When to use 'may', when 'might'?

I think the answer is D. "descendant of" is correct idiomatically. Not sure if there is a rule about may vs might

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11 Sep 2006, 01:49
Yes. should be 'descendent of'.

quasars, next time could you please post all the answer options? I'm sure the guys here will explain thier choices in details. Thanks man.

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11 Sep 2006, 06:46
u cud try this http://www.mtannoyances.com/?p=136
might expresses strong doubt.

may expresses likelihood.
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