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    • Join Date: Sep 2006
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    #1

    must

    I would like to know which sentence is correct.

    1. If he made less money, the fault must have been his; he was either lazy or inefficient.
    2. If he made less money, the fault must be his; he was either lazy or inefficient.


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    #2

    Re: must

    No. 2 is correct.

    I've been waiting to see if someone else would answer...because the next question is, why? I'm interested in how others understand the 'why'.


    • Join Date: Aug 2006
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    #3

    Re: must

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know which sentence is correct.

    1. If he made less money, the fault must have been his; he was either lazy or inefficient.
    2. If he made less money, the fault must be his; he was either lazy or inefficient.
    Either one works depending on the situation and the focus.

    Number 1 could be a more distant in the past scenario. Number 2 might show someone who feels that the fault is still there.

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