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Usage Glossary: A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y


Can expresses the ability to do something. May indicates the possibility something will be done. May also indicates permission.

The anode and cathode can be fabricated of slightly different materials.

If the occasion arises, we may have to do that.

May I leave the room?

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