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    #1

    past modal

    Hi
    I wonder if the following sentence is OK.

    His mother had decided he must have been a doctor.

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    #2

    Re: past modal

    It could be OK in the right context.

    In what context do you want to use it?

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    #3

    Re: past modal

    Sightly off-topic, but I'd call 'must have been' a modal perfect rather than a past modal.

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    Re: past modal

    If his and he refer to the same person, then the sentence is unlikely. If it means something like John's mother decided that the person she met must have been a doctor, it works fine for me.

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