LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||19/JAN/2022 2:11 AM|
|Assunto:||permission - "with MAY".|
Okay, here you go.
May matches the same pronouns as Can (May I...? May we? May they...) as in May they come in? for instance.
May I, May we, are more usual, though. Since you don´t always ask permission to "they". I think, exception is "you" because it can mean "você/vocês", and it would lead to ambiguity, as if you would ask permission to you and you be the one to give permission as well.
Let´s imagine if we ask if 'may you come in?" how would be the answer then? yes, you may? so, it´s a no no. It´s a contradiction in terms.
The question would be "are you allowed to smoke?', meaning that somebody else gave you permission.
I hope this helps.
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