LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||05/SET/2005 10:57 AM|
|Assunto:||Can x May|
Até o que eu sei, ambos os verbos podem ser usados em perguntas e respostas:
Q: May I sit here?
A: Yes, you may.
Q: Can you swim?
A: No, I can't.
I may visit you if the weather is nice.
Além disso, "Yes, you may." soa mais formal do que "Yes, you can."
Aí vai um trecho do Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary sobre a diferença de uso entre can e may:
Can and cannot (or can't) are the most common words used for asking for, giving or refusing permission: Can I borrow your calculator? * You can come with us if you want to. * You can't park your car there.
May (negative may not) is used as a polite and fairly formal way to ask for or give permission: May I borrow your newspaper? * You may come if you wish. It is often used in official signs and rules: Visitors may use the swimming pool between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. * Students may not use the college car park. The form mayn't is almost never used in modern English.
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