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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  18/JAN/2017 10:06 PM
Assunto:  Using "can" to request permission
 
Mensagem:   I couldn´t agree more. Fran, you are a very wise girl!
Indeed I am not so caught up in my answer as not to see the other side of the story. 
I just tried to answer Tiago question, and make him see the point of the example he brought to the table.
I agree that most of the time "can" is the preffered form, that doesn´t make "may" unnatural in any way.  
I have recently read a novel of Grisham in which a little daughter talks to her father in this way, so it´s nothing far-fetched or unnatural.
I agreed with Swan, the example, and mhw, I just don´t rule out the "may" that can be used in certain given contexts.   No offense intended to anyone and please understand that I am not sticking to a point of view just because it´s "my baby", hee hee.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Using "can" to request permission  –  Tiago T.  14/JAN/2017, 1:34 PM
Using "can" to request permission  –  PPAULO  14/JAN/2017, 4:11 PM
Using "can" to request permission  –  Tiago T.  15/JAN/2017, 1:32 PM
Using "can" to request permission  –  PPAULO  15/JAN/2017, 5:33 PM
Using "can" to request permission  –  mhw  16/JAN/2017, 11:04 AM
Using "can" to request permission  –  PPAULO  16/JAN/2017, 10:22 PM
Using "can" to request permission  –  PPAULO  17/JAN/2017, 1:02 AM
Using "can" to request permission  –  mhw  17/JAN/2017, 1:18 AM
Using "can" to request permission  –  Fran  18/JAN/2017, 8:21 AM
 Using "can" to request permission  –  PPAULO  18/JAN/2017, 10:06 PM
Using "can" to request permission  –  PPAULO  18/JAN/2017, 10:10 PM

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