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IT MIGHT BE A GOOD TOOL.



mari_18cf
Brazil

IT MIGHT BE A GOOD TOOL.
 
IT MIGHT BE A GOOD TOOL.
 
In relation to the sentence above, in my understanding might means low probability.
 
Can it also only express a possibility?
 
If yes,  Can it express both a possibility and a probabily and give the reader 2 interpretations? 

4 Dec 2017      



yanogator
United States

Hi, Mari,
Yes, "might" could mean either one.
 
Without any context, I would say that the sentence expresses a somewhat negative opinion of the tool, saying, in essence, "Yes, it might be a good tool, but I would be surprised".  -  low probability
 
But you īre right that it could also be interpreted as saying "It is possible that it is a good tool, so go ahead and buy it if you want."
 
Bruce 

4 Dec 2017     



Minka
Slovenia

It sounds kinda hopeful to me - It īs a long shot, but ... it MIGHT be a good tool 
 
I can easily imagine somene trying to save some more or less lost files on a computer, using just another tool they found on the web ... 
 
It can also sound cautious - I don īt want to make any promises, but it might work. 
 
In both cases it is possible, but not very probable. But hope dies last. 

4 Dec 2017     



douglas
United States

Without intonation, I would not interpret "might" as a low or negative connotation. In written form I find it completely neutral.

5 Dec 2017