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    help with a few sentences

    Hi I am new to this message forum,

    I have a few questions about grammar and word choice:

    1. One day, a patient became emotional when the dentist finished her veneers. I saw the joy radiating from her watery eyes as she examined her brand new smile. While looking at the pre-op photos I couldn’t imagine how uncomfortable it must have been for her to smile in public.

    Is it correct to say "must have been" or "must Had been"

    2. As I prepare to transition from college to the next chapter in my life, I am excited to undertake the training needed to begin my professional career.

    Does this sentence sound awkward to anyone with the words "professional career"?

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    Re: help with a few sentences

    Hello
    "Must have been is correct". You can't use a past form after a modal verb like must, can, should and the like. Since you can't change the form of the modal, you change this of the infinitive (using a perfect infinitive) to give it a kind of "past shift"
    E.g.
    He should come (Perhaps he will)
    He should have come (But he didn't)

    And about "professional career", it doesn't sound awkward to me; I think it is a usual collocation.

    I hope this is useful
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    Re: help with a few sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by unregistered View Post
    Hi I am new to this message forum,

    I have a few questions about grammar and word choice:

    1. One day, a patient became emotional when the dentist finished her veneers. I saw the joy radiating from her watery tearful eyes as she examined her brand new smile. While looking at the pre-op photos I couldn’t imagine how uncomfortable it must have been for her to smile in public.

    Is it correct to say "must have been" or "must Had been"

    2. As I prepare for the transition from college to the next chapter in my life, I am excited about undertaking the training needed to begin my professional career.

    Does this sentence sound awkward to anyone with the words "professional career"? No - that is fine.
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