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"May", "can", "might"

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgreSQL(dot)org>, PostgreSQL-documentation <pgsql-docs(at)postgreSQL(dot)org>
Subject: "May", "can", "might"
Date: 2007-01-30 17:39:26
Message-ID: 200701301739.l0UHdQS05488@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Standard English uses "may", "can", and "might" in different ways:

	may - permission, "You may borrow my rake."
	
	can - ability, "I can lift that log."
	
	might - possibility, "It might rain today."

Unfortunately, in conversational English, their use is often mixed, as
in, "You may use this variable to do X", when in fact, "can" is a better
choice.  Similarly, "It may crash" is better stated, "It might crash".

I would like to clean up our documentation to consistently use these
words.  Objections?

(Who says were obsessive?)  :-)

-- 
  Bruce Momjian   bruce(at)momjian(dot)us
  EnterpriseDB    http://www.enterprisedb.com

  + If your life is a hard drive, Christ can be your backup. +

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