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    Are sentences 1-6 correct:


    Do you know where your briefcase is?

    1-It must be in the kitchen. I think that is where I left it when I went to work.

    2-It has to be in the kitchen. I think that is where I left it when I went to work.
    3-It should be in the kitchen. I think that is where I left it when I went to work.

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    4-You had left the fruit bowl in the living room. The fruit bowl must be in the kitchen.

    5-You had left the fruit bowl in the living room. The fruit bowl has to be in the kitchen.
    6-You had left the fruit bowl in the living room. The fruit bowl should be in the kitchen.

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    Default Re: must/should/have to

    The only sentence combination that makes sense to me is combination 3. The word should suggests that the person has a good reason to suspect the location but is not completely sure. Because you use the word think in the second part of combinations 1-3, there is some uncertainty there, which makes combination 1 and 2 illogical.

    In combinations 4-6, none of those make sense because if the person left the fruit bowl in the living room, it should still be there (unless someone moved it, etc.). Consequently, none of those combinations make sense to me. I would also delete the word had from the first sentence in combinations 4-6.

    In general, the way I tend to hear and use these words, has to expresses great certainty, should expresses some logical reasoning but a little less certainty than has to, and must tends to be used after one has deduced a solution after removing other possibilities.
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    Default Re: must/should/have to

    Thank you very much Academic Writing,

    These sentences:

    4-You had left the fruit bowl in the living room. The fruit bowl must be in the kitchen.
    5-You had left the fruit bowl in the living room. The fruit bowl has to be in the kitchen.
    6-You had left the fruit bowl in the living room. The fruit bowl should be in the kitchen.

    were supposed to mean:

    The fruit bowl is to be kept in the kitchen. It belongs in the kitchen.

    Don't they have that meaning?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.



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    Default Re: must/should/have to

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you very much Academic Writing,

    These sentences:

    4-You had left the fruit bowl in the living room. The fruit bowl must be in the kitchen.
    5-You had left the fruit bowl in the living room. The fruit bowl has to be in the kitchen.
    6-You had left the fruit bowl in the living room. The fruit bowl should be in the kitchen.

    were supposed to mean:

    The fruit bowl is to be kept in the kitchen. It belongs in the kitchen.

    Don't they have that meaning?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

    Only #6 works.

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