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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  06/JUL/2007 1:43 PM
Assunto:  Can I have...

The big difference  between "Can I..." and "May I..." is that the former (Can I...) literally asks if I have the physical ability to do something, but the latter (May I...) clearly is asking permission.  Parents and children are constantly fighting over this difference.  Well, that is exactly what happened in my earlier post when I asked the mother of Jimmy if I could play with him.  She called my attention to the fact that I was not using polite English.  Could I play with him?  Was I in the hospital?  Was I in the same city and state?  Was I in a coma?


Can I speak English?  (Have I learned English well enough to talk in the language?  Is it permitted to speak English at this time and place?  Do I have vocal chords, a mouth, teeth, a tongue, lungs, etc.?)


May I speak English?  (Do I have your permission to speak English?)


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Can I have...  –  Fabi  06/JUL/2007, 9:00 AM
Can I have...  –  Allen  06/JUL/2007, 10:00 AM
Can I have...  –  Dale/CR  06/JUL/2007, 10:27 AM
Can I have...  –  marc  06/JUL/2007, 10:48 AM
Can I have...  –  Márcio Farias  06/JUL/2007, 12:03 PM
Can I have...  –  Johannes  06/JUL/2007, 1:22 PM
 Can I have...  –  Dale/CR  06/JUL/2007, 1:43 PM
Can I have...  –  EMB-reader  06/JUL/2007, 6:53 PM
Can I have...  –  Johannes  07/JUL/2007, 10:27 AM
Can I have...  –  Dale/CR  07/JUL/2007, 12:58 PM
Can I have...  –  EMB-reader  07/JUL/2007, 3:35 PM
Can I have...  –  Dale/CR  07/JUL/2007, 3:48 PM
Can I have...  –  Johannes  07/JUL/2007, 4:08 PM
Can I have...  –  Dale/CR  08/JUL/2007, 1:52 AM

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