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    Sentences

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. It must had been a busy weekend for you. – ( I am asking this question on a Monday morning.)

    2. We spoke briefly last week but couldn’t setup a meeting as I have been busy with the holiday shopping season.

    3. I am just calling to report my stolen credit card.

    Thanks,

    MG.

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    Re: Sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. It must had been a busy weekend for you. – ( I am asking this question on a Monday morning.)
    No, it must have been


    2. We spoke briefly last week but couldn’t setup a meeting as I have been busy with the holiday shopping season.
    Okay

    3. I am just calling to report my stolen credit card. Okay, or "to report that my credit card has been stolen."

    Thanks,

    MG.
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    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: Sentences

    Thanks Barb_D.

    1. It must had been a busy weekend for you. – ( I am asking this question on a Monday morning.)
    No, it must have been
    Ok. Then what do I say if I am enquiring about a person's work on the same day.

    4. It must have been a busy day for you --- (assume that I am asking the question at noon, but I mean to say that the person is going to be swamped the whole day.)

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    Re: Sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Thanks Barb_D.



    Ok. Then what do I say if I am enquiring about a person's work on the same day.

    4. It must have been a busy day for you --- (assume that I am asking the question at noon, but I mean to say that the person is going to be swamped the whole day.)
    It/This must BE a busy day for you.

    First thing in the morning, anticipating the day ahead: This is going to be a busy day for you.
    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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