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    must be examined

    Which of these sentences sounds more natural?
    a. The matter must, however, be examined first.
    b. However, the matter must be examined first.
    c. However, the matter has to be examined first.
    d. However, the matter should examined first.

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    Re: must be examined

    Quote Originally Posted by britfan View Post
    Which of these sentences sounds more natural?

    a. The matter must, however, be examined first.
    b. However, the matter must be examined first.
    c. However, the matter has to be examined first.
    d. However, the matter should examined first. There is a word missing.
    Apart from d, they're all grammatically correct. Without context, it's not really possible to say which one is most natural. In everyday English, I'd use "has to be" rather than "must be" but that's personal preference. It depends on how formal you're trying to be.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: must be examined

    @emsr2d2
    Thank you for your valuable advice.
    Then, for the sake of completeness, let me immediately correct the last sentence.

    For the sake of clarity, here again all four sentences together.
    a. The matter must, however, be examined first.
    b. However, the matter must be examined first.
    c. However, the matter has to be examined first.
    d. However, the matter should be examined first.

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    Re: must be examined

    Quote Originally Posted by britfan View Post
    For the sake of clarity, here again all four sentences together.
    And where's the verb in that one?

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    Re: must be examined

    Is this all right now?
    For the sake of clarity, here are again all four sentences together.

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    Re: must be examined

    Quote Originally Posted by britfan View Post
    Is this all right it correct now?
    For the sake of clarity, here are again all four sentences again. together.
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