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    #1

    it must have been Jim or it must be Jim who have

    Another synthesis exercise....

    Question: I'm sure it was Lance who stayed back to clean up the kitchen.
    My answer: It must (have to use 'It must' to start off the sentence) have been Lance who stayed back to clean up the kitchen.

    I cannot explain the reason behind my using 'have been', it just seems the most natural way to rewrite the sentence. And the answer provided in the assessment book shows that my answer is correct. However, I want to understand the grammar rule(s) behind it.

    Can it be rephrased in this manner --> It must be Lance who had stayed back to clean up the kitchen

    OR --> It must be Lance who stayed back to clean up the kitchen.

    If not, please help me to understand the reason.

    Thank you for teaching me

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    Re: it must have been Jim or it must be Jim who have

    Your original answer is correct.

    It must be Lance who stayed back. - It is logically certain that it is Lance who stayed back.
    It must have been Lance who stayed back - It is logically certain that it was Lance who stayed back.

    The second pair make better sense than the first.

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    Re: it must have been Jim or it must be Jim who have

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The second pair make better sense than the first.
    1) Sorry, I'm a little confused. "The second pair" refers to which sentences?

    2) Also, instead of using 'have been' (which I know is correct), I decided to write the following just to see if I'd be marked wrong, and i was marked wrong.
    ---> It mustbe Lance who had stayed back to clean up the kitchen.

    I don't understand why (2) cannot be accepted as a correct answer in a synthesis question. Kindly help me to understand.

    Thank you for teaching me

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    Re: it must have been Jim or it must be Jim who have

    I think there is no need to use the past perfect 'had stayed' because there is no other act in the past.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: it must have been Jim or it must be Jim who have

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    1) Sorry, I'm a little confused. "The second pair" refers to which sentences?

    It must have been Lance who stayed back - It is logically certain that it was Lance who stayed back.

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