One-Point English Lesson: Using Must for Logical Guesses
You can use must to make a logical guess about a present situation. The structure is must + base verb:
- Joe is late for work. He must be stuck in traffic.
- Jane has been sneezing all morning. She must have a cold.
- The expiration date on this cheese is November 30th. It must be ok to eat.
- Jack must like pizza. He eats it every day for lunch.
You can also use must to make a logical guess about a past situation. The structure is must + have + pp verb:
- Joe was late for work. He must have been stuck in traffic.
- They had no power after the storm. It must have been a difficult time.
- Jack must have worked late last night. He’s still sleeping.
- You went on a cruise? You must have had a great time.
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