... But I like to use shall , and I ll continue to do so no matter what anyone says (BTW is that I ll a contraction of I will , or I shall ?) OnlyMessage 1 of 18 , Sep 24, 2012View Source
--- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "wustpisk" <gerry.vickers@...> wrote:
But I like to use 'shall', and I'll continue to do so no matter what anyone says (BTW is that 'I'll' a contraction of 'I will', or 'I shall' ?)
Only Schrodinger's cat might know and she may not be telling. Besides, if it mattered then we wouldn't use the contracted form, would we? :-)
> Re. May/might.
> Just a random thought: I have heard of the expression 'it may or may not be ... ', but never 'It might or it might not be ... '
'It might or (it) might not be ... ' gets tons of hits on the search engines. Sounds fine to me. Probably.
> This guy clearly doesn't like it: http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=boiling_blood [may (might?) be offensive to those of a gentle/prudish disposition, but quite amusing anyway]
>Ever hear someone say "that may or may not be the case," as if there's some hidden third possibility that we weren't aware of? Thanks for pointing out the only two possibilities in the universe...
Simply not true. Something may be the case to a slight extent or to a large extent or to some extent in between. Tsk.