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# If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to affor

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Re: If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to affor [#permalink]
"can" shows the possibility whereas "may" shows the possibility.
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Re: If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to affor [#permalink]
Marcab wrote:
"can" shows the possibility whereas "may" shows the possibility.

Might/may- Uncertainty
Can- possibility.
In this case the sentence implies possiblity as I understand!
What say?
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Re: If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to affor [#permalink]
"You can become the president of United States but you may not".
This sentence shows that you have the potential to become the president but its not guaranteed that you will become the president.
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souvik101990 wrote:
Student: Teacher, can i go the bathroom?
Teacher: You can but you may not!
This means that the student by his locomotive functions can walk through the bathroom, but he may not because the class is still on!

Very nice explanation, very well understood. The subject "can" get the apartment but if the interview goes well he "might".
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nitin6305 wrote:
Q. If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to afford that nice apartment
by the park.
a) I might be able to afford that nice apartment by the park
b) I could be able to rent the really nice apartment overlooking the park
c) the chances are I can be affording the apartment in the park
d) perhaps that nice apartment by the park should be affordable
e) I think I can be able to afford that nice apartment by the park

This question is from Practice Test 2 , GMAT Club Grammar Book.
As I understood, might is used for unreal situations and the situation above is a real situation (conditional).
Can/May/Will/Must are use in such situations.
Shouldn't the answer be (e) ?

i might -implies may be (possibility) subject to the condition his interview goes well
i think i can be able--shows ability. So meaning changes and moreover e is verbose due to redundancy ' i think i can be able to ' can=be able to

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Re: If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to affor [#permalink]
Might is the past form of May, isnt it? This question makes me confused btwn A and E

Moreover, might be able to is kind of repeat, it is not concise because both might and able to mean a possiblity
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Re: If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to affor [#permalink]
nitin6305 wrote:
Q. If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to afford that nice apartment
by the park.
a) I might be able to afford that nice apartment by the park
b) I could be able to rent the really nice apartment overlooking the park
c) the chances are I can be affording the apartment in the park
d) perhaps that nice apartment by the park should be affordable
e) I think I can be able to afford that nice apartment by the park

This question is from Practice Test 2 , GMAT Club Grammar Book.
As I understood, might is used for unreal situations and the situation above is a real situation (conditional).
Can/May/Will/Must are use in such situations.
Shouldn't the answer be (e) ?

C,D and E are out because they are not in the patern if do, then do/may/can

both A and B are correct in that might be and coulc be are good

but B change the meaning of A. while A is correct, why change A

that is the reason for which b is wrong
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Re: If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to affor [#permalink]
I think MAY provides eligibility and can provides possibility but both show probability .
Correct me if i am wrong.
I chose A.
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If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to afford that nice apartment by the park.
a) I might be able to afford that nice apartment by the park
b) I could be able to rent the really nice apartment overlooking the park
c) the chances are I can be affording the apartment in the park
d) perhaps that nice apartment by the park should be affordable
e) I think I can be able to afford that nice apartment by the park

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If my new job interview works out just right [#permalink]
suelahmed wrote:
If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to afford that nice apartment by the park.
a) I might be able to afford that nice apartment by the park
b) I could be able to rent the really nice apartment overlooking the park
c) the chances are I can be affording the apartment in the park
d) perhaps that nice apartment by the park should be affordable
e) I think I can be able to afford that nice apartment by the park

All of the above, highlighted in red are awfully constructed.
There are only two viable choices A and D
now ,
an If statement is of the form if x ,then y , but then can be omitted
the differentiating factor between A and D imo is that of voice and usage of "should"
A is active and conveys the intended meaning using might (hypothetical condition)
D on the other hand is passive.

therefore,
A
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Re: If my new job interview works out just right [#permalink]
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suelahmed wrote:
If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to afford that nice apartment by the park.
a) I might be able to afford that nice apartment by the park
b) I could be able to rent the really nice apartment overlooking the park
c) the chances are I can be affording the apartment in the park
d) perhaps that nice apartment by the park should be affordable
e) I think I can be able to afford that nice apartment by the park

All of the above, highlighted in red are awfully constructed.
There are only two viable choices A and D
now ,
an If statement is of the form if x ,then y , but then can be omitted
the differentiating factor between A and D imo is that of voice and usage of "should"
A is active and conveys the intended meaning using might (hypothetical condition)
D on the other hand is passive.

therefore,
A

So Active voice answers are preferred in GMAT? Because I have seen other posts where active voice answers were preferred to passive voice answers
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Re: If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to affor [#permalink]
suelahmed wrote:
If my new job interview works out just right, I might be able to afford that nice apartment by the park.
a) I might be able to afford that nice apartment by the park
b) I could be able to rent the really nice apartment overlooking the park
c) the chances are I can be affording the apartment in the park
d) perhaps that nice apartment by the park should be affordable
e) I think I can be able to afford that nice apartment by the park

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