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    must be...

    Pets must be on leashes.


    In this sentence, does 'must be' mean 'obligation', or 'certainty'?

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    Re: must be...

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    Pets must be on leashes.

    In this sentence, does 'must be' mean 'obligation', or 'certainty'?
    It is almost certainly obligation. Certainty is unlikely, though, in the right context, not completely impossible.

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