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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #107940: Must and Can't
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    Must and Can't

    We use must to say that we feel sure something is true:

    * You’ve been travelling all day. You must be tired. (Travelling is tiring and you’ve been travelling all day, so you must be tired.)

    * ‘Jim is a hard worker.’ ‘Jim? A hard worker? You must be joking. He’s very lazy.’

    * Carol must get very bored in her job. She does the same thing ever.


    We use can’t to say that we feel sure something is not possible:

    * You’ve just had lunch. You can’t be hungry already. (People are not normally hungry just after eating a meal. You’ve just eaten, so you can’t be hungry.)

    * Brian said he would definitely be here before 9.30. It’s 10 o’clock now and he’s never late. He can’t be coming.

    * They haven’t lived here for very long. They can’t know many people.

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    1. You've been travelling all day. You be very tired.

    2. Bill and Sue go away on holiday very often, so they be short of money.

    3. Congratulations on passing your exam. You be very pleased.

    4. That restaurant be very good. It's always full of people.

    5. That restaurant be very good. It's always empty.

    6. I've lost one of my gloves. I have dropped it somewhere.

    7. They haven't lived here for long. They know many people.

    8. The phone rang but I didn't hear it. I have been asleep.

    9. Jane walked past me without speaking. She have seen me.

    10. You've just had lunch. You be hungry already.

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