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      vb   past   , might   takes an infinitive without: to or an implied infinitive   used as an auxiliary  
1    to indicate that permission is requested by or granted to someone  
he may go to the park tomorrow if he behaves himself     
2    often foll by: well   to indicate possibility  
the rope may break, he may well be a spy     
3    to indicate ability or capacity, esp. in questions  
may I help you?     
4    to express a strong wish  
long may she reign     
5    to indicate result or purpose: used only in clauses introduced by that or so that  
he writes so that the average reader may understand     
6       another word for       might   1  
7    to express courtesy in a question  
whose child may this little girl be?     
8    be that as it may   in spite of that: a sentence connector conceding the possible truth of a previous statement and introducing an adversative clause  
be that as it may, I still think he should come     
9    come what may   whatever happens  
10    that's as may be   foll by a clause introduced by: but   that may be so  
     (Old English mæg, from magan: compare Old High German mag, Old Norse ma)  
It was formerly considered correct to use may rather than can when referring to permission as in: you may use the laboratory for your experiments, but this use of may is now almost entirely restricted to polite questions such as: may I open the window? The use of may with if in constructions such as your analysis may have been more credible if ... is generally regarded as incorrect, might being preferred: your analysis might have been more credible if ...  
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n.
right granted to a general assembly to give an opinion on the salaries and bonuses of top managers
[Bus.]
n.
i cannot believe
n.
enseño historia
exp.
J'aime travailler !
v.
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.
exp.
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
n.
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
id.
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
exp.
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
exp.
I can't understand it, I can't believe it, I can't accept it
n.
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
n.
(british slang) "a strong drink" as in "i need a stiff whisky so pour me a real snorter", or (nautical slang) "a strong wind".
Slang
v.
To publicly say that something should be done
I have never advocate my opinion because I am shy to speak in front of many people.
prep.
Cyber object is virtual component in cyberspace which may be in any form and may execute any function, solely or partially.
[Tech.]
exp.
acronym of As Far As I Know, from the best of my knowledge, according to the information that I have
exp.
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
exp.
it occurred to me, I suddenly thought of it, I had an idea all of a sudden
E.g: I wondered all day long how to solve this problem and it suddenly hit me...I had to talk to Marry.
n.
Yo era un niño, ahora soy un adulto
n.
yo soy un empleado en una oficina, yo soy un estudiente en una universidad
n.
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.
n.
If someone or something that they have done is savaged by another person, that person criticizes them severely.
n.
underaged girl looking mature, that can thus bring somebody to jail if he is caught in a relationship with her
made with Jail and Bait
exp.
If there is very little or no possibility of that happening . . . Will Susan make you laugh? Fat chance.
exp.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
n.
verification conducted by police to find out if a person has a criminal record or not.
Usually requested by an individual for new employment, citizenship applications, name changes, etc.
n.
is a test process that is performed after the software has been changed in order to verify if the changes didn't affect other software parts
exp.
expression used for pointing out that, if you love someone, you accept also things and people dear to the person you love
id.
def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
exp.
if people live in each other's pocket, they spend a lot of time together
conj.
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.

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