1. He goes to London every month so that he may see his ailing father.
  1. He goes to London every month so that he can see his ailing father.

Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?

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    A better title would be usage of can vs may. I don't see any difference, just like Can I see him same as May I see him
    – Son Nguyen
    Jun 27 '20 at 7:56
  • @SonNguyen In your example, there is a difference in that May is a more polite way of making the request. Jun 27 '20 at 8:45

In this context, there is really no difference in meaning between so that he can and so that he may. You could even avoid the issue by saying that he goes to London to see his father.

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