Grammar Year 7-9 (Australian English) SECTION 1 (6 questions): CAN is used when we mean we are capable of doing what we want to do. MAY must first of all obtain permission. E.g. I can play football but I may not be allowed. SECTION 2 (6 questions): Another two words of similar meaning which are often confused are MAY and MIGHT. We use MAY when there is a fair chance that something will happen. I may be player of the year. Tom might be player of the year.