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# Q. If my new job interview works out just right, I might be

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23 Dec 2012, 10:11
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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) ?
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23 Dec 2012, 10:19
"can" shows the possibility whereas "may" shows the possibility.
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23 Dec 2012, 11:08
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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23 Dec 2012, 11:16
"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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23 Dec 2012, 11:48
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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!
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23 Dec 2012, 12:11
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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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23 Dec 2012, 13:37
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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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22 Aug 2015, 07:59
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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10 Sep 2015, 21:52
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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23 Jan 2016, 11:13
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‘Might’ is used in two different contexts. 1. As a past tense of the modal may, especially in reported speeches that are in past tense. The second context is when the word ' might’ is used in the present tense denoting a lesser probability than the probability of ‘may’. In conditional sentences, it is often used in the main clause in present tense as an alternative to will or is.
Choice B is using the unidiomatic could be able as can or could mean the same as able, meaning the capacity to do. Might does not have that feature of capacity, leaning more on speculation. That is the reason why B and E are considered redundant and are out of the reckoning.
The phrase can be affording in C is again denoting a capacity and in d, the modal ‘should’ implies suggestion or recommendation rather than speculation
A remains with the proper format of the first conditional, in which a present tense 'if clause' is followed up with a present tense main clause.
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24 May 2017, 01:47
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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