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    if they are only a mile away they must

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-If they are only a mile away, they must get here in time.
    2-If they have advanced technology, then they must solve this problem. (meaning: it is almost certain that they will solve it... they must be able to solve it)
    3-If they have fifty men working for them, they must build that house in less than two weeks. (meaning: it is almost certain that they will build that house in two weeks...)

    I think "should" would probably be better here, but I don't see why "must" should be incorrect, especially if one wants to express very high liklihood.

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    Navi.

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    Re: if they are only a mile away they must

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-If they are only a mile away, they must get here in time.
    2-If they have advanced technology, then they must solve this problem. (meaning: it is almost certain that they will solve it... they must be able to solve it)
    3-If they have fifty men working for them, they must build that house in less than two weeks. (meaning: it is almost certain that they will build that house in two weeks...)

    I think "should" would probably be better here, but I don't see why "must" should be incorrect, especially if one wants to express very high liklihood.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I wouldn't use "must" on it's own in those sentences. You could say "must be able to".

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