Wednesday, 25 September 2013

May have, might have, must have

·       May have and might have are used when we wish to state that something has possibly happened now or sometime ago.
The bride groom’s party might have arrived by now. ( Perhaps they have arrived.)
They may have given the advance for the flat.( Perhaps they gave the advance, long back).

·       Must have is used to express a probability in the past.
Geetha must have taken the umbrella.
The thief must have escaped  through that window.

Now, go through the following sentences:
·       They could have easily solved the problem. (It was possible for them but they did not do so).
·       They will have finished writing the examination by now.
·       I thought you would have informed your parents about this.
·       You should have been more careful.( You were not and so you are in trouble now.)
·       Nilesh may have repaid the loans.( Perhaps he repaid them long back).
·       Meena is not at home now. She might have taken her child to the music class. ( Perhaps she has)
·       Don’t worry about your cell phone. Your mother must have kept it safe.(It is quite probable that she has)

*We will discuss the difference between ‘possible’ and ‘probable’ in the next post.

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