The two must's above mean the same thing, don't they?
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HUBLOTThanks a lot, screamerer.
You're welcome.. . I was just wondering what you had up in mind regarding that?
Hi screamerer,


"Must" is used to say that something is required or necessary. The word is also used to say that someone should do something. And...

I just wanted to see if the must's I circled are used to say that something is very likely.
Ooh.., I see; in that case, I think the two has differnet senses to them. The first one is similar to very likely, but the second one is more like something is required or necessary..
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HUBLOTThe two must's above mean the same thing, don't they?
No. The AHD has the first one as definition 5b "Used to indicate logical probability or presumptive certainty: If the lights were on, they must have been at home." The second is definition 1: "To be obliged or required by morality, law, or custom: Citizens must register in order to vote."
I agree with enoon - they are NOT the same.

My logical deduction is that you mean ketchup. You must mean ketchup.
It is a requirement. You must be a teacher before you can...

Oh, you must be from Spain!

Is the "must" here used to say that something is very likely?
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