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    Question Using "must" to speak about the past

    Hello! I know it's possible to use "must+have been" for the past. When I want to speak about a certain event in the past but I don't quite remember when exactly it happened, will such sentences be correct:"It must have been in 1960s when this supposition was proved by American scientists" or "It must have been in 1880s when the Nine Years War started"?

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    Re: Using "must" to speak about the past

    Almost. Write "It must have been in the 1880s when that the Nine Years War started".

    You could express nearly the same idea this way: "The Nine Years War must have started in the 1880s."
    Last edited by GoesStation; 01-Feb-2016 at 18:07. Reason: Correction & amplification.
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    Re: Using "must" to speak about the past

    Username, there is no need to quote our replies back to us or to make a new post to say 'Thank you'.

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    Re: Using "must" to speak about the past

    It should also be "the 1960s".

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