May or May not


First, we will take a quick look at the title 可不可以 which means “May or May not” or “Can or can not”. The use of “may” and “can” is often confused even by native speakers. We all know the joke: a student raises their hand and asks the teacher “Can I go to the bathroom?” and the teacher responds, “I don’t know—can you?” This brings us to a similar topic in Mandarin Chinese, between 会 huì, 能 néng…