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    must used for future time

    Hunger must ( =will certainly ) follow after the long drought.
    You must win,if you do your best.
    It must snow tomorrow.
    If we were not careful enough,things must be worse.
    If he should abandon her,she must go mad.

    Do these sentences sound good with 'must' indicating logic necessity for future time?

    Thank you in advance.
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    Re: must used for future time

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Hunger must ( =will certainly ) follow after the long drought.
    You must win,if you do your best.
    It must snow tomorrow.
    If we were not careful enough,things must be worse.
    If he should abandon her,she must go mad.

    Do these sentences sound good with 'must' indicating logic necessity for future time?

    Thank you in advance.
    No, they sound old-fashioned - nineteenth century. It's normal to use 'will' here.

    PS: They are interesting glyphs you're using for commas and periods. What are they?

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    Re: must used for future time

    Thanks, Raymott. What does 'glyphs' in your reply mean?
    Thank you again.

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    Re: must used for future time

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thanks, Raymott. What does 'glyphs' in your reply mean?
    Thank you again.
    Glyph - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    or maybe Raymott is talking about something from WoW

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    Re: must used for future time

    "Must" implies authority on the part of the speaker. So, as a teacher I can say "You must do your homework" but not "You must bring your passport to the airport." Only the security guard or ticket agent can say that, I would say "you have to bring your passport," because it's a requirement but I have no authority.

    These sentences don't really sound "right." I would make the following changes (everything always depends on the context, maybe I'm not seeing it):

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Hunger will / has to follow after the long drought. (logically)
    You should win,if you do your best. (nothing is certain, but you are very good so I really believe that you will win if...)
    It will snow tomorrow. (I can't think of anyone who can oblige the weather to do something. You might say, "I'm certain it will snow tomorrow" but not more than that.)
    If we aren't careful enough, things will be worse. (can you explain the context where a 2nd conditional would be used? I'm sure it's possible but it's your problem not mine!)
    If he abandons her, she will go mad.(if you use the 1st conditional here, you are insisting that the madness will be a result of his leaving her.)
    It's possible that you are confusing the uses of "must" in deductive statements and statements of obligation (it is really confusing, after all). You have to remember that the same structure can mean two different things depending on the context. For example, "It's 9:00, she must be at work." This is something my wife's boss might say to describe the obligations of her job. But it's possible that I would say the exact same sentence if, in the morning, someone asked me where my wife was. In that case, I don't oblige her to be at work, but I can assume (based on past behaviour) that at 9AM, she's at work.

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    Re: must used for future time

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, they sound old-fashioned - nineteenth century. It's normal to use 'will' here.

    PS: They are interesting glyphs you're using for commas and periods. What are they?
    Thank you very much. I got it. I copied the sentences from the grammar book (by a Chinese professor of English) and posted them here without changing the font(?).


    Thank all of you for helping me very much indeed.

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    Re: must used for future time

    I think they sound dated in BrE too.

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