I actually like 'may' better here. The core 'intent' of the sentence is really the same though with either. It is the old teacher thing where if you ask 'CAN I go to the bathroom?' the teacher says 'I don't know. CAN you?'. Then you have to say it again using 'may'. :)
No, "may I help you" is actually more correct in formal writing than "Can I help you." "Can" may mean "I am capable" whereas "May" means "Will you allow me?" I reported it, so we'll see if Duolingo corrects it.
You can use poder if you're asking for permission to help, but otherwise it's mostly contextual.
Duo still not accepting "May I" which is grammatically correct English, while "Can I" is not. When 7th graders at school ask, "Can I use the bathroom?", I tell them that I'm sure they can, but if they want permission, they need to ask again....at which point they roll their eyes and say, "May I?"
I feel that the Spanish sentence isn't really asking for permission, but is just offering. "Shall I help ...?" seems like the closer option here.
I missed this up because I didn't pay enough attention to ayudo (i help) and should of know it was an indirect object. I thought it was a direct object and put Can you help with the farm.
Te is a direct object here, and yo is the subject. There is no indirect object in this sentence.
In english, the you is implied. So "Can i help with the farm?" is correct in every day use but not in Duolingo because they want direct translation.
The "you" is not implied. If you ask "Can I help with the farm?", you might be asking someone who has nothing to do with the farm.
- "The neighbour's house is burning. Can I help extinguish it?"
- "Why are you asking me? It's not our house. Do what you need to."
If the person receiving the help is mentioned in the Spanish sentence, you should also mention it in the English sentence.
first person indicativo presente plus question marks make "can I, should I, may I" request. this is new to me.
It should be accepted in accordance with other translations in this section, but I find that "Should I help you?" always tends to sound somewhat condescending - or past-tense-ish. I'm more up for "Shall I help?" or "Can I help?"