May I? yes, you can

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I have to use a modal verb in the gap. I'm not sure if my answers are correct.

May I use your camera?
- Yes, you ______.

Yes, you may (a bit pompous)
Yes, you can (neutral)

Am I right?
  • natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    The structure of the reply suggests that permission was asked of someone with some authority, eg pupil to teacher. In this case, I think yes, you may would be the expected answer.

    Asked between equals, I think you're more likely to encounter alternative ways of granting permission: no problem or go ahead or sure or of course. And if you may was paired with of course, I don't think it sounds pompous. I can imagine saying 'Of course you may'.

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