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# The earthquake may/might have caused the building's

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The earthquake may/might have caused the building's collapse.

Can anyone explain which is grammatically correct, may or might, in the above sentence?

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31 Jul 2012, 22:59
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vishwa123 wrote:
The earthquake may/might have caused the building's collapse.

Can anyone explain which is grammatically correct, may or might, in the above sentence?

They're both correct. They just mean slightly different things.

The earthquake may have caused the building's collapse. It's a possibility that I am considering.

The earthquake might have caused the building's collapse. It's possible but not likely.
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