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    #1

    must have/will have

    Are these sentences correct:
    1-He will have changed his phone number by now.
    2-He must have changed his phone number by now.

    3-He will have changed his phone number a few times recently.
    4-He must have changed his phone number a few times recently.

    1 and 2 are supposed to have the same meaning. 3 and 4 are supposed to have the same meaning.

    I do not like 3 but I do not know why.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: must have/will have

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1 and 2 are supposed to have the same meaning. 3 and 4 are supposed to have the same meaning.
    They are all OK, but the meanings are not exactly the same. 'Will' expresses a greater degree of certainty than 'must'.

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