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May and Will -ENGLISH QUESTION

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Guys i stumbled upon a person trying to correct me.

 

For example, this cheesecake may and will be salty.

 

Is this correct? I said it was contextually not appropriate.

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It sounds stupid but yea... i think its grammatically correct.

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Guys i stumbled upon a person trying to correct me.

 

For example, this cheesecake may and will be salty.

 

Is this correct? I said it was contextually not appropriate.

Just going off of this sentence alone, no. By using both "may" and "will" you are contradicting yourself. "May" is a subjective verb because it implies that the level of salty-ness is dependent on the tastes of the person eating the cheesecake. "Will" is declarative verb because it expresses that, no matter what your tastes are or how you define salty, it is salty.

 

If we had more context it might change the meaning a little, but I am having a hard time thinking of a situation when may and will can both be used when referring to the same subject in a single sentence.

 

Edit: After thinking about it, no, it is not grammatically correct and cannot be correct no matter what the situation because the verbs will always contradict each other when referring to the same subject.

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Just going off of this sentence alone, no. By using both "may" and "will" you are contradicting yourself. "May" is a subjective verb because it implies that the level of salty-ness is dependent on the tastes of the person eating the cheesecake. "Will" is declarative verb because it expresses that, no matter what your tastes are or how you define salty, it is salty.

 

If we had more context it might change the meaning a little, but I am having a hard time thinking of a situation when may and will can both be used when referring to the same subject in a single sentence.

 

Edit: After thinking about it, no, it is not grammatically correct and cannot be correct no matter what the situation because the verbs will always contradict each other when referring to the same subject.

Well thank you. I feel like less of an idiot now. xD

A 14 yr old corrected me :D

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Makes no sense. "May" implies that it might be salty and then you say that it will be salty. Wat?

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I don't think it's that bad. People regularly say "if and when x happens" which doesn't technically make sense, because you're stating it will, so why bother using the if? It's just a phrase. I wouldn't sweat it really, people who feel the need to correct grammar that's perfectly understandable in a context that doesn't require grammatical accuracy are just annoying.

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