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    henryh is offline Junior Member
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    Perfect modal

    Hello there,

    Yesterday, Henz988 raised an issue I am also interested in, but he hasn't got the answer to one of his questions yet.

    This is what I want to express:
    Perhaps he will have arrived by 5 o'clock tomorrow.
    (Perhaps not, I don't know.)
    Can I express the same meaning with a perfect modal by saying:
    He may have arrived by 5 o'clock tomorrow.

    Is it okay to say a sentence like this?
    Or should I simply say: He may arrive by five o'clock tomorrow.

    So, can I use a perfect modal to imply that an action may / might / should be completed before another action in the future?

    I think I'll have further questions on the issue, but first, can I get feedback from native speakers on this, please?

    Thanks, a lot.

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    louhevly is offline Member
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    Re: Perfect modal

    Quote Originally Posted by henryh View Post
    Hello there,

    Yesterday, Henz988 raised an issue I am also interested in, but he hasn't got the answer to one of his questions yet.

    This is what I want to express:
    Perhaps he will have arrived by 5 o'clock tomorrow.
    (Perhaps not, I don't know.)
    Can I express the same meaning with a perfect modal by saying:
    He may have arrived by 5 o'clock tomorrow.

    Is it okay to say a sentence like this?
    Or should I simply say: He may arrive by five o'clock tomorrow.

    So, can I use a perfect modal to imply that an action may / might / should be completed before another action in the future?

    I think I'll have further questions on the issue, but first, can I get feedback from native speakers on this, please?

    Thanks, a lot.
    I would say that "Perhaps he will have arrived by 5 o'clock tomorrow" and "He may have arrived by 5 o'clock tomorrow" are basically the same. Some speakers might consider that the second was a little more probable.

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