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    should/have to/ must

    -I am going to call John at 10 o'clock tonight.

    1-That is fine. He should be up at 10.
    2-That is fine. He ought to be up at 10.

    3-That is fine. He must be up at 10.
    4-That is fine. He has to be up at 10.


    Which of the sentences 1-4 are acceptable in this context if the meaning is" It is likely (or very likely) that he would be up at ten?
    The sentences are not supposed to convey the idea of a duty.

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    Re: should/have to/ must

    Only #1 & 2 refer to probability.
    #3 & 4 convey an inference based on logical deduction.
    Last edited by philo2009; 30-Jul-2012 at 08:13.

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    Re: should/have to/ must

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    -I am going to call John at 10 o'clock tonight.

    1-That is fine. He should be up at 10.
    Meaning: "I know his routine and it is my belief that he will be up at 10 or earlier".
    2-That is fine. He ought to be up at 10. Meaning: Same as above.

    3-That is fine. He must be up at 10.
    Depends on context, for example: If 10 A.M., "I know his routine and it is required that he get up at or by that time" OR "I know his routine and I know he will be up at 10". If 10 P.M.. "I know his routine and I know he will be up and not yet in bed."
    4-That is fine. He has to be up at 10. Same as above.

    Which of the sentences 1-4 are acceptable in this context if the meaning is" It is likely (or very likely) that he would be up at ten?
    The sentences are not supposed to convey the idea of a duty.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
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    Context rules.
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