Modal verbs are combined with other verbs to express an idea or 'function' that is not expressed by the main verb alone.
These verbs include 'can', 'could', 'may' and 'might'. Here is a handy reference guide to help you with your modal verbs.
I think may is also used for request i.e may I come in sir?
The sentence,how may i help you..it kind of weird..can someone explain to me?
Very nice. How about may for permission?
"May I take one of these brochures?"
"May I wait here?"
"No, but you may wait in the reception area if you wish to."
Also, may I mention that might is strictly for use in the past but nowadays it is being used -with approval of grammar pundits of course- in the present and future too.
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