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    must in past tense

    Hello,

    Can we use 'must' in past tense in this manner: Society had reached a stage where it must respect workers.

    I know must is normally used in present and future tenses, but here in past perfect, it seems to be the only option. 'Must have' won't work here nor will simple past such as ... it respected workers.

    Am I right? Or, would it better to use 'should' or 'ought to' in this case?

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    Arjun

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    Re: must in past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. X View Post
    Hello,

    Can we use 'must' in past tense in this manner: Society had reached a stage where it must respect workers.

    I know must is normally used in present and future tenses, but here in past perfect, it seems to be the only option. 'Must have' won't work here nor will simple past such as ... it respected workers.

    Am I right? Or, would it better to use 'should' or 'ought to' in this case?

    Thanks,
    Arjun
    It's perfectly fine.

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    Re: must in past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's perfectly fine.
    Thanks, B. Can we also use 'should/ought to'? Is this the case of 'future in the past'?

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