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    Have you been to Africa? I say: I think so, but It must've been a long time ago, be

    Have you been to Africa? I say:

    I think so, but It must've been a long time ago, because I don't remember much of the trip.

    Can this be said?

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    Re: Have you been to Africa? I say: I think so, but It must've been a long time ago

    I wouldn't say "I think so". You either have or haven't been to Africa.

    Try: "Yes, but it was a long time ago, so I don't remember much about the trip."

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    Re: Have you been to Africa? I say: I think so, but It must've been a long time ago

    What if you really don't remember?

    How about the second and third part of the sentence - It must've been a long time ago, because I don't remember much of the trip.

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    Re: Have you been to Africa? I say: I think so, but It must've been a long time ago

    You would know whether it was a long time ago or not. "Must have" doesn't make sense.
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    Re: Have you been to Africa? I say: I think so, but It must've been a long time ago

    Why doesn't it make sense?

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    Re: Have you been to Africa? I say: I think so, but It must've been a long time ago

    In that use, "must have been" is an assumption. You would know for certain if it had been a long time ago.

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    Re: Have you been to Africa? I say: I think so, but It must've been a long time ago

    But what if I truly went to so many places with my parents as a kid that I don't remember if I've been to Africa or not... Kinda like how I've lost track of many places I visited when I was a very young kid 20+ years ago?

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    Re: Have you been to Africa? I say: I think so, but It must've been a long time ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    I think so, but It must've been a long time ago, because I don't remember much of the trip.
    Much of what trip then? The sentence doesn't hang together semantically.
    "I remember that our family went on a trip a long time ago, but I don't remember much about it. So I could have gone to Africa."

    PS: We crossed in posting. That scenario at least makes sense.

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    Re: Have you been to Africa? I say: I think so, but It must've been a long time ago

    Do you talk to your parents? Could they fill in the details? This whole thread is becoming absurd. A trip that never happened could not have been a long time ago.

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    Re: Have you been to Africa? I say: I think so, but It must've been a long time ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    What if I truly went to so many places with my parents as a kid that I don't remember.


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    Hello, Batman:

    The following dialogue is based on actual facts in my life of 77 years here in California:


    Mona: Have you ever been to Arizona? I'm writing an article for the Senior Citizens [pensioners] Monthly.

    James: I don't know.

    Mona: What do you mean that you don't know?

    James: Well, I think that I remember hearing something about my parents having taken me to Arizona on a short visit when I was an infant. But I certainly do not remember any such visit, and maybe I am even imagining that I ever heard such a thing. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, I can honestly say that I have never been to Arizona.

    Mona: OK. I'll report that you have never been to Arizona.
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