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    must/may/might have been

    I read this question from a Cambridge-published grammar book:
    A:Can you tell me what he looked like?
    B:Oh,he _______ about 55, and he was tall with grey hair.

    The given answer is "must/might have been". I wonder why the book only gives these two answers. I would think "may/could have been" are fine too. Am I right?

    In another unit, there's such a question:
    I didn't sleep well. There was a lot of noise. It _____ have been the traffic.
    The given answer is "must/might/could". Compared with the last question, I feel more puzzled. Why can't "may" be used in this sentence?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 21-Aug-2008 at 08:47. Reason: One more sentence is added.

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    Re: must/may/might have been

    I was wondering if someone could help me. Thank you in advance.

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