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Re: "May", "can", "might"

From: Guillaume Lelarge <guillaume(at)lelarge(dot)info>
To: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
Cc: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgreSQL(dot)org>,PostgreSQL-documentation <pgsql-docs(at)postgreSQL(dot)org>
Subject: Re: "May", "can", "might"
Date: 2007-01-30 20:35:27
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Bruce Momjian a écrit :
> 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?

No objections at all... it can only ease translations.

> (Who says were obsessive?)  :-)


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