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    tufguy is offline VIP Member
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    During his childhood whenever he went to take exams the other kids "would" or "must"

    There is a celebrity who has a very long name. So a guy (host of a show) said to that person in a sarcastic way that "His name was very long. During his childhood whenever he went to take exams the other kids "would" or "must" have finished taking their exam by the time he finished writing his name on the paper". Are my sentences correct?

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    Re: During his childhood whenever he went to take exams the other kids "would" or "mu

    Either modal verbs could be used. "Would" indicates "probability" whereas "must" indicates "certainty". I would add a comma each after "childhood" and "exams".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: During his childhood whenever he went to take exams the other kids "would" or "mu

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Either modal verbs could be used. "Would" indicates "probability" whereas "must" indicates "certainty". I would add a comma each after "childhood" and "exams".
    Could you please tell me whether my sentences are correct?

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    Re: During his childhood whenever he went to take exams the other kids "would" or "mu

    NO! Ted showed you how to correct them.

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    Re: During his childhood whenever he went to take exams the other kids "would" or "mu

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    NO! Ted showed you how to correct them.
    1) His name was very long. During his childhood, whenever he went to take exams, the other kids would have finished taking their exam, by the time he finished writing his name on the paper.

    2) His name was very long. During his childhood, whenever he went to take exams, the other kids must have finished taking their exam, by the time he finished writing his name on the paper.

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