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So that I can vs So that I may [duplicate]

In the cases below, do I always have to use 'may' instead of 'can'? Both sound correct to me however, I had read explanations that said that 'may' should be used after 'so that'. I came earlier so ...
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Can I start or Shall i start? [duplicate]

Is CAN I START correct ? Is it okay to use it instead of Shall I Start ? For eg I want to start my presentation in front of class So can I say CAN I START Like I'm asking for permission to start my ...
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May/can we go? May/Can you do this for me? [duplicate]

Which ones are correct: May/can we go to the game? and May/can you do this for me? can/may you come?
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Difference beween requests “can”, “could” and “may”? [duplicate]

We can use can, could, and may for requests and permissions, but is there any difference between the meanings of the following three versions? May I go? Can I go? Could I go?
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Use of Can vs. May [duplicate]

Should I use can or may in the following sentence: "For more information on how you can help with wreath sponsorship..." ?
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Should I use “can” or 'may" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Can/may/will you help me with this?” Here is the sentence: If you like you {can|may} translate this text to English. What word should I use here and why.
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Usage of can vs may [duplicate]

It is said that can and may both are used as a sense of possibility. If that’s the case, then what is the difference between: It can be very dangerous to cycle at night. It may be very dangerous to ...
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May you pass me - Will you pass me [duplicate]

My Grandchildren say "May you pass the salt" etc. They say their teachers say this is ok. To me it sounds very clumsy and I had never heard it used except by them. They have grown in Wiltshire while ...
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“can I speak to Mr Tom” or “May I speak to Mr Tom” which one is correct [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can/May/Will you help me with this? Difference between “can” and “may” Can I speak to Mr Tom? May I speak to Mr Tom? Which one is correct? My thinking is that ...
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May vs can in a request [duplicate]

I was ask by my daughter, "May you tell my brother to call me"? Is this the correct way to ask this question?
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When we ask for permission, what shall we use “May” or “Can”? [duplicate]

Can I give to them your emailaddress May I give to them your emailaddress
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You may schedule a meeting vs You can schedule a meeting [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is more accurate? You may schedule a meeting as per your convenience. vs You can schedule a meeting as per your convenience. Or is there a better sentence to ...
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“Can I” vs “May I” in restaurant setting when ordering

A while back, while we were getting fast food, my friend commented on my usage of "can" versus "may" when asking to take my order. I said: Can I have a ....... and my friend argued you're ...
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What is the difference between 'can', 'could', 'may' and 'might'?

I'm a native English speaker and I've been doing some research into English grammar for a programme I'm working on. However, on looking into modal verbs, I've only just come to appreciate how subtle ...
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Is “I don’t suppose you could lend me a pound?” a well-used expression when you ask someone to lend money?

I came across the phrase, "I don’t suppose you could lend me a pound?" in the short story titled "Chalk and Cheese," contained in "To Cut a Long Story Short" by Jeffrey Archer. The phrase appears in ...

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