Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 21:56:44 -0500

From: "H Stephen Straight (Binghamton University,


Subject: Re: may/might distinction

On Tue, 19 Mar 1996, William King wrote:

We have a guest over at the moment. The jury of three -- NYC area, upstate

NY area, Cleveland area -- all found the sentence

"If he didn't have to run against Anderson as well as Nixon, Hubert

Humphrey may have been elected president of the United States."

to be off (or blinky).

Your "NYC area" person may/might/must be from a different subarea than my

students,/,/; but/but/0 most of the NYC speakers in my classes would -- I

believe -- find the above sentence completely acceptable. Sorry. :-(

H Stephen Straight, Dir, Lgs Across the Curric, Binghamton U (SUNY)

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