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28 Aug 2010, 04:19
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Can someone please clarify the following:
- May vs Might - when to use each?
- ..., which - does which always refer to the noun before comma or does it refer to the entire phrase before comma?
- use of will vs would
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28 Aug 2010, 18:55
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17 Oct 2010, 19:02
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Mainhoon,

I've never actually seen a GMAT question that hinged on your ability to choose between "may" or "might." That said, "might" has to do with something that is uncertain: "The Yankees might lose the game tonight."

In contrast, "may" could have to do with permission.

For example: "May I ask a question?" --> you say "may" because you're not sure the person to whom you are asking the question will grant you permission to do so. (Incidentally, if you say: "Can I ask you a question?" you are questioning your physical ability to ask the question.)
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When you have a modifier that starts with a ", which", it must refer to the single word before the comma:

"I've spent the last ten years building my house, which is blue." --> The modifier "which is blue" refers to the word "house."

The only real exception here is if you have a subject such as:

"Work of art" or "house of magic."

With these, the modifier beginning with the ",which" would refer to the "work" and the "house." These constructions are allowed because the "of art" and "of magic" phrases are necessary components of the "work" and the "house."

Good luck!
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18 Oct 2010, 09:39
BKimball wrote:
Mainhoon,

I've never actually seen a GMAT question that hinged on your ability to choose between "may" or "might." That said, "might" has to do with something that is uncertain: "The Yankees might lose the game tonight."

In contrast, "may" could have to do with permission.

For example: "May I ask a question?" --> you say "may" because you're not sure the person to whom you are asking the question will grant you permission to do so. (Incidentally, if you say: "Can I ask you a question?" you are questioning your physical ability to ask the question.)
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When you have a modifier that starts with a ", which", it must refer to the single word before the comma:

"I've spent the last ten years building my house, which is blue." --> The modifier "which is blue" refers to the word "house."

The only real exception here is if you have a subject such as:

"Work of art" or "house of magic."

With these, the modifier beginning with the ",which" would refer to the "work" and the "house." These constructions are allowed because the "of art" and "of magic" phrases are necessary components of the "work" and the "house."

Good luck!

Thank you Brett. This was really helping.
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20 Oct 2010, 13:04
Brett,

One question.

I've just seen a question in Kaplan that is a bit strange. I can not upload the whole question due to Kaplan's politics, but, hopefully, unveiling just a piece of question will be ok.
Is there the same issue as you mentioned when talked about "Work of art" or "house of magic"? I'm a little suspicious about positioning WHICH here.

Thanks.
Re: Certain questions   [#permalink] 20 Oct 2010, 13:04
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