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    Using "Must" in Present, Past, and Future

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    ENGLISH PAGE - Must

    Using "Must" in Present, Past, and Future

    Present form: You must take some time off and get some rest.

    Future form: SHIFT TO "SHOULD": You should take some time off next week to get some rest.

    Is the using 'should' instead of 'must' for future form a necessity or must I definitely use 'should'? Is 'you must take some time off next week to get some rest' wrong?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Using "Must" in Present, Past, and Future

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
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    Is 'you must take some time off next week to get some rest' wrong?

    Thanks.
    No, it's not.

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    Re: Using "Must" in Present, Past, and Future

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    ENGLISH PAGE - Must

    Using "Must" in Present, Past, and Future

    Present form: You must take some time off and get some rest.

    Future form: SHIFT TO "SHOULD": You should take some time off next week to get some rest.

    Is the using 'should' instead of 'must' for future form a necessity or must I definitely use 'should'? Is 'you must take some time off next week to get some rest' wrong?

    Thanks.


    It's not an issue of present, past, future. It's an issue of advisability vs. necessity. Use "should" as a form of advice. Use "must" as a requirement or necessity.

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    Re: Using "Must" in Present, Past, and Future

    Thank you both for the answers. I think I have got it. Although it is written on this site that we can't use the form of suggestion for the present, we can use in a right context. Am I right?

    ENGLISH PAGE - Could
    - suggestion

    -We could write a letter to the director now.

    -You could ask your doctor for a check-up right now.

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    Re: Using "Must" in Present, Past, and Future

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    -We could write a letter to the director now.

    -You could ask your doctor for a check-up right now.
    'Now' and 'right now' are still in the future in those two suggestions.

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