Learn English – Difference in meaning between ‘might be able’ and can


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1)I’m not free this evening, but I might be able meet you tomorrow.

2)I’m not free this evening, but I can meet you tomorrow.

Is the meaning the same?

Best Answer

In Sentence 1 you're saying you may be able to meet him, but you are not certain of this prospect. Therefore, you are not guaranteed to be able to meet tomorrow - but it's a possibility.

In Sentence 2 you're saying you can meet him, meaning you're certainly available to meet if he'd like to. Therefore, you are guaranteeing your availability.