Re: Do you suggest me using IDE when I'm learning JAVA

Eric Sosman <esosman@ieee-dot-org.invalid>
Sun, 02 May 2010 17:49:01 -0400
On 5/2/2010 4:11 PM, Lew wrote:

On 05/02/2010 03:18 PM, Eric Sosman wrote:

On 5/2/2010 2:27 PM, Lew wrote:

Arved Sandstrom wrote:

Fortunately "may not" is one of the modal negatives that has a fairly
unambiguous meaning, as in, "not allowed". That doesn't mean that a lot
of people don't use it incorrectly, though.

"Correctly" according to you. I've heard "may not" to mean "might not"
my entire life.

"Mom, can I use the car?"

"You mean `may'."

"Sorry. Mom, may I use the car?"

"No, you may not."

Your point may not have been clear here. What are you trying to say?

     That your mother may not have taught you good grammar?

     "May (not)" does indeed have the meaning Arved describes,
some of the time. "You may have another piece of pie" and "You
may not use the car" and "He may not make any move that puts or
leaves his King in check" are expressions of permission (or lack
thereof), not of possibility or probabality. "You may not have
heard the news" and "I may have known her, long ago" and "He may
have been color-blind" are expressions of possibility, not of
permissions. And sometimes it is not clear which sense of "may"
may or may not be intended.

Eric Sosman

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