Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 14:57:15 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: may/might distinction Ron, I "feel" the old "sequence of tenses" agreement, and occasionally find myself doing a double-take, though not so visceral a reaction as yours, apparently. There are things like regularized strong verbs that hit me unconsciously, and then my conscious linguistic relativism asserts itself, unless it is a formal student paper, in which case I get out my Fidditch red pencil -- but that I consider a teaching/socializing responsibility. In the may/might pair, there is also the fact that has come to be expressive of less probability than which enters into the schema. --Rudy --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]