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    must

    I would like to know the meaning of "must" in the next sentence.
    It must take her ages to do her make-up in the mornings.

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    Re: must

    "Based on what I know, it is only possible for this situation to be true."

    You got full marks on your test? You must be so happy!
    Jim is never late to work. He must be home sick.
    She looks so perfect all the time. It must take her hours to get ready.
    Loan you $1000? You must be joking!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: must

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "Based on what I know, it is only possible for this situation to be true."

    You got full marks on your test? You must be so happy!
    Jim is never late to work. He must be home sick.
    She looks so perfect all the time. It must take her hours to get ready.
    Loan you $1000? You must be joking!
    That is very nicely stated. You must be a skilled teacher of English!

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    Re: must

    A teacher? You must be joking!

    I don't have the patience that those engaged in that esteemed profession have. I'm just grateful that they do!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: must

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    A teacher? You must be joking!

    I don't have the patience that those engaged in that esteemed profession have. I'm just grateful that they do!
    But you must see that you have been teaching us all every day!

    (I think this thread must have about run its course...)

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