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    The usage of "should/may + have + Past Participle"

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    Look at the following sentences:

    By the time you get home I will have cleaned the house.
    By the time you get home I should/may have cleaned the house.

    With regard to the second sentence, is it likely the house not to be cleaned by that time? (I think that the house may not be cleaned by that time.)

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    Re: The usage of "should/may + have + Past Participle"

    Quote Originally Posted by Shamsiyan View Post
    Hello
    Look at the following sentences:

    By the time you get home I will have cleaned the house.
    By the time you get home I should/may have cleaned the house.

    With regard to the second sentence, is it likely the house not to be cleaned by that time? (I think that the house may not be cleaned by that time.)
    "Should have" means it is more likely than not.
    "May have" simply means it's possible.

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    Re: The usage of "should/may + have + Past Participle"

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: The usage of "should/may + have + Past Participle"

    Please leave threads open- other people may want to add more. They close automatically if no one posts anything in the for a time.

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