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    can

    As it is raining, I think they ( ) have stayed at home.
    A. can B. must

    I know must is correct. But whe is can wrong?

    Thank you very much.

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    Talking Re: can

    you know , can is not grammatically wrong. but can you find a relevant and good meaning by translating it into your language?

    the meaning makes a bad sense in reader or listener.


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    #3

    Re: can

    Thanks matilda


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    #4

    Re: can

    Can would work fine only if you put it into the past tense -> could

    Alternatively, you can use may have or might have

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    Re: can

    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    As it is raining, I think they ( ) have stayed at home.
    A. can B. must

    I know must is correct. But whe is can wrong?

    Thank you very much.
    Where have you taken that sentence. "Must have stayed " doesn't seem correct to me.


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    #6

    Re: can

    Thanks Dextrous and Harry

    It comes from a unversity exam in Japan.


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    Re: can

    I think the sentence should be
    As it is raining, they must be staying/ stay at home.

    What would you think?

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    Re: can

    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    I think the sentence should be
    As it is raining, they must be staying/ stay at home.

    What would you think?
    Yes! That's why I asked about "must have stayed" because "must stay" is more correct. I'd say "As it's raining you'd better stay in".


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    Re: can

    Hi,
    They must have stayed is perfectly correct. It expresses certainty abt a fact in the past.
    In other words, I am sure they have not come because it is raining.

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