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    must have had

    They turned the pages, which were yellow and crinkly, and it was awfully funny to read words that stood still instead of moving the way they were supposed to -- on a screen, you know. And then, when they turned back to the page before, it had the same words on it that it had when they read it the first time.

    `Gee,' said Tommy, `what a waste. When you're through with the book, you just throw it away, I guess. Our television screen must have had a million books on it and it's good for plenty more.I wouldn't throw it away.'

    Same with mine,' said Margie. She was eleven and hadn't seen as many telebooks as Tommy had. He was thirteen.

    I never come across a sentence with `must have had' in my life. So I can't understand the highlighted sentence.
    Could you explain the sentence?
    or rephrase it such a way so that I can understand.


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    #2

    Re: must have had

    That is Past Perfect Tense...
    It means that there were books on it, in loose...

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    #3

    Re: must have had

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    They turned the pages, which were yellow and crinkly, and it was awfully funny to read words that stood still instead of moving the way they were supposed to -- on a screen, you know. And then, when they turned back to the page before, it had the same words on it that it had when they read it the first time.

    `Gee,' said Tommy, `what a waste. When you're through with the book, you just throw it away, I guess. Our television screen must have had a million books on it and it's good for plenty more.I wouldn't throw it away.'

    Same with mine,' said Margie. She was eleven and hadn't seen as many telebooks as Tommy had. He was thirteen.

    I never come across a sentence with `must have had' in my life. So I can't understand the highlighted sentence.
    Could you explain the sentence?
    or rephrase it such a way so that I can understand.
    Try to guess what I'm writing to you. You must have come across it many times. You can't find your keys and someone tells you: You must have left them at home.

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