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WEST CHESTER, Pa. Emotion: travel — Three Pennsylvania teensmust clean toilets, urinals and bed pans after admitting they iced a birthday cake with feces as a prank on a high school classmate.

May I ask if must is correctly used? I would appreciate it if you could tell if must should be "were ordered to".

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'must' means 'have to', and I don't suppose they would have to do it if they were not ordered to do it.

'must' is correctly used. There is no need to change it. We can all figure out why they must do it without having it spelled out in further detail. Emotion: smile

CJ
HUBLOT— Three Pennsylvania teens must clean toilets, urinals and bed pans after admitting they iced a birthday cake with *** as a prank on a high school classmate.
May I ask if must is correctly used? I would appreciate it if you could tell if must should be "were ordered to".

To paraphrase what CalifJim said, they were ordered to do it so now they must do it.

c45
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Thank you, CalifJim and canadian45.
Does "after admitting they iced..." means "after they admitted they iced..."?
HUBLOTThank you, CalifJim and canadian45. Does "after admitting they iced..." mean "after they admitted they iced..."? yes
c45
Thank you, c45.

The first half of the original sentence is the present tense, and the second half is the past tense. May I ask why the present tense is correct?
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HUBLOTThank you, c45. The first half of the original sentence is the present tense, and the second half is the past tense. May I ask why the present tense is correct?
1) Why do you think it might not be correct?

2) All the tenses in a sentence don't have to be the same.

3) Use the tense that correctly expresses the meaning. For actions that happened in the past, use past tense. For actions happening now or in the future, use present tense.
c45
Thank you, c45.