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Thread: Modal forms

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    Modal forms

    Hello,

    Can a perfect modal refer to future as well? Is it correct to say a sentence like this?

    'By the time I come home tomorrow, you should have been doing the cleaning for an hour.'

    If not, how would it be possible to express this with a modal form: when I come home, I want to see that you will have been working for two hours.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Modal forms

    I canít say I see anything wrong with your 1st sentence.

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    Re: Modal forms

    'By the time I come home tomorrow, you should have been cleaning for an hour.'

    Reminds me of what I used to tell my kids -

    "By the time I get home, that room better be clean."

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