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    #1

    must

    ''He is too fat. He must eat a lot.''

    In the sentence above, I want to give a strong possibility by using the ''must''. In that sense, is it sensible?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: must

    Yes "must" is used to mean "it's the only logical conclusion".

    However, "he is too fat" should probably be "he is so fat."
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Jul-2014 at 07:44. Reason: Fixing typo
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    #3

    Re: must

    I have no problem with "too fat".

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    #4

    Re: must

    If he's "too fat" you expect something like "He's too fat. He needs to lose weight." or "He's too fat to ride the roller coaster."
    You don't expect the cause of his being fat.
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    #5

    Re: must

    But you can expect it to be the result of eating too much.

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    #6

    Re: must

    First, I didn't say it was impossible, but when I see "too" expect to know the consequence. "Too X to... what?"

    Not "Too X so he must"

    But "So X that he must Y" sound quite normal.
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    #7

    Re: must

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorkem Atay View Post
    ''He is too fat. He must eat a lot.''
    Can 'eat' be replaced with 'have been eating'?

    I would vote for Barb_D's 'so fat'.
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    Re: must

    Unlikely- if he has gained a lot of weight in a short period of time, it might work.

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