He was ecstatic to receive an email from the company asking to come in for an interview. It was the dream job he had been working so hard for. With some luck, he might actually get hired. He could then work with some of the best engineers in the world, and might even be able to afford a nice house. The possibilities dazzled him.

Would you say the word "might" is used correctly in the passage above?

Many grammar books and style guides say "might" should not be used as the past tense of "may" in Modern English, and suggest using completely different phrases (e.g. "He [might -> was allowed to] ask questions." and "It was possible that the volcano was still active") or replacing "might" with "might have," depending on the context.

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    My personal opinion is that it is used correctly. – Kate Bunting Feb 27 at 16:43
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    Which grammar books and style guides say that? I have always used might as the past tense of may, and I believe this was explicitly taught in whatever grammar books we used when I was in school. Of course, some would argue that all the modal verbs are non-inflectional so may/might, will/would, can/could, shall/should, etc., are all internally unrelated; they would naturally disagree. But not everyone agrees with this view (I do not, for one). – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 27 at 16:54

Sidney Greenbaum (The Oxford English Grammar - OUP 1996 - 5.24) treats may/might among modal auxiliaries. He says this:-

Most of the modals have present and past forms: e.g. can/could.

After can/could 5.24 item A, item B is may/might. So he clearly thinks might functions as past of may, though he does not include an example of its use in this way.

Your passage, however, gives just such an example, and it is correct.

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