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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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