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# According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern o

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Hi Can anyone explain as to how do we understand the nuances of usages of may & might in different situations :

47. According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia \

(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

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04 Mar 2012, 09:59
shikhar wrote:
Hi Can anyone explain as to how do we understand the nuances of usages of may & might in different situations :

47. According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia \

(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

I think its just not a question of may/might here. It has to do with the preposition used with descendant.
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04 Mar 2012, 13:47
Yeah you are right !!!
descendants of someone....

descended from somewhere
i think thats the correct usage ....(but i figured that out so was not bothered about this but still wanted to know difference between may and might)

please correct me if i am wrong
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04 Mar 2012, 21:34
The difference between may and might is subtle. So, I don't think GMAT is going to be testing that.

descendants (if you have watched the movie, kidding ) is a noun.
e.g. He is a descendant of the royal family.

For descended, the usage is:
e.g. The aliens descended on earth in 2012
e.g. The creatures descended from the aircraft.
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04 Mar 2012, 23:48
GMAT refrains from testing on such subtle issues !!
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01 Jul 2016, 00:21
shikhar wrote:
Hi Can anyone explain as to how do we understand the nuances of usages of may & might in different situations :

47. According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia \

(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

Hi,Here is what I make of May/Might :-
1.Might is the past tense of May.
2.May=is for situations that are possible, even remotely.
3.Might= is for hypothetical situation or situation that did not happen.
4.CTM:-"might is for things that are mighty far-fetched"

1.acc to scies,
2.<the pattern
3.that have occurred><subject1 singl.>
4.indicates<verb1 singl. simple present>
5.that every1 <subject2>may be<verb2 s.present>/might be<verb simple past> x.

Please update, so that i know that what i think is correct !!! Novice myself.
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11 Nov 2016, 21:11
I guess there is a very practical difference between the both.

MAY: definitely the present tense, which means it signifies the probability of something happening or something that is true as of now.

MIGHT: In the past tense, it signifies the probability of something happening exsisted in the past but not anymore.

let me know if this helps:) or we can discuss this further for mutual benefit.
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14 Jan 2019, 06:08
shikhar wrote:
Hi Can anyone explain as to how do we understand the nuances of usages of may & might in different situations :

47. According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia \

(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

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