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    what kind of verb is "MUST"?

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    Re: must

    Quote Originally Posted by maimitchell View Post
    what kind of verb is "MUST"?
    It's a modal auxiliary verb, Mai. It's used to state a speaker's feelings with respect to certainty level; it expresses a very high level of certainty.

    He must be upstairs. / They must have gone to the store. /

    'must' equals "With all the facts considered, the only logical conclusion to my mind is, he is upstairs / they have gone to the store.

    It's also used to express social meanings of necessity/strong compulsion.

    You must tell the police. / They must study or they'll fail. / He must report that as income.


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