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    it must/will/would be very hot

    A: The water is boiling.

    B1): Yes, it must be very hot.

    B2): Yes, it will be very hot.

    B3): Yes, it would be very hot.

    Are they all (B1, B2, B3) correct, and do they mean the same thing?

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    Re: it must/will/would be very hot

    All are possible. None is likely. If it's boiling, then of course it's hot.

    B1 is the most likely. B3 is the least likely.
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    #3

    Re: it must/will/would be very hot

    Quote Originally Posted by NAL123 View Post
    A: The water is boiling.

    B1): Yes, it must be very hot.

    B2): Yes, it will be very hot.

    B3): Yes, it would be very hot.

    Are they all (B1, B2, B3) correct, and do they mean the same thing?
    I can't imagine a situation where B3 would be natural. It doesn't follow from the initial statement. B2 is also extremely unlikely.
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    Re: it must/will/would be very hot

    1) It takes just half an hour to reach my dad's office, and he left almost an hour ago. He must be there by now.

    2) It takes just half an hour to reach my dad's office, and he left almost an hour ago. He will be there by now.

    3) It takes just half an hour to reach my dad's office, and he left almost an hour ago. He would be there by now.

    Do sentences 2) and 3) sound unlikely in this context, too?

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    #5

    Re: it must/will/would be very hot

    Quote Originally Posted by NAL123 View Post
    1) It takes just half an hour to reach my dad's office, and he left almost an hour ago. He must be there by now.

    2) It takes just half an hour to reach my dad's office, and he left almost an hour ago. He will be there by now.

    3) It takes just half an hour to reach my dad's office, and he left almost an hour ago. He would be there by now.

    Do sentences 2) and 3) sound unlikely in this context, too?
    I think number two works in British English (though "he'll" would normally be contracted). We don't use that construction in American English.

    Number three is incorrect.
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    #6

    Re: it must/will/would be very hot

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I think number two works in British English (though "he'll" would normally be contracted). We don't use that construction in American English.

    Number three is incorrect.
    Can I use "I think" with them:

    1) I think he must be there by now.

    2) I think he will be there by now.

    Does it sound like a contradiction?

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    Re: it must/will/would be very hot

    Quote Originally Posted by NAL123 View Post
    1) It takes just half an hour to reach my dad's office, and he left almost an hour ago. He must be there by now.

    2) It takes just half an hour to reach my dad's office, and he left almost an hour ago. He will be there by now.

    3) It takes just half an hour to reach my dad's office, and he left almost an hour ago. He would be there by now.

    Do sentences 2) and 3) sound unlikely in this context, too?
    I agree with the comments above, but it depends a little on the context:

    - If you're anxious about his whereabouts, #1 is the most likely.

    - If you're asserting that you're confident that he made it, #2 is the most likely.

    - If you're simply speculating on his whereabouts, #3 is most likely.
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    Re: it must/will/would be very hot

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    Can I use "I think" with them:

    1) I think he must be there by now.

    2) I think he'll be there by now.

    Yes.

    Does it sound like a contradiction?

    Not at all.
    Both are conversational as corrected.

    In this context, "I think" simply expresses an opinion. Both 1 and 2 are opinions.
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    Re: it must/will/would be very hot

    One last question:

    1) That must be Tony on the phone.

    2) That'll be Tony on the phone.

    3) That would be Tony on the phone.

    Which one is most likely?

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    #10

    Re: it must/will/would be very hot

    We don't know how certain the speaker is that it's Tony, so we can't tell whether the first or the second is more likely. The third is highly unlikely.
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