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    "She's probaly called you 10 times." Which is more frequently used in conversation "has probably called" or "must have called"?

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    Default Re: has probably called or must have called

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "She's probaly called you 10 times." Which is more frequently used in conversation "has probably called" or "must have called"?
    I propose to include "might have called" as well.

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    Default Re: has probably called or must have called

    It depends on the degree of certainty. The first is less sure, so it could be 8 times, but it's quite a lot. The second is more certain so it's 10 or more IMO.

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    Default Re: has probably called or must have called

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "She's probaly called you 10 times." Which is more frequently used in conversation "has probably called" or "must have called"?
    I am not a teacher.

    I hear hyperbole. I think you asking about a case where someone has called someone else over and over to the exasperation of the speaker. I'd say that "must have" is usual there in my dialect (Middle Atlantic, USA) if the emphasis is on the exasperation. If the emphasis is on the number of calls, "probably" becomes more likely.

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