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‘Should have’ vs ‘Must have’
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Available online at: www. “Should have” is used to talk about past events which did not happen or may not have happened.bbclearningenglish. the speaker might be expressing regret and/or criticism for not having done something..com © BBC Learning English Page 2 of 2
. He is an associate tutor at the University of Sheffield. we would expect Jane to have arrived by now. For example. but as she hasn't. In this situation. for example: He should have helped his mother carry the shopping. So let's look at a sentence with both should have and must have in it.bbclearningenglish. Now must have is used to express something that the speaker has deduced or is certain about in relation to the past. consultant and trainer. and a British Council inspector of language schools in the UK. In both the sentences above. For example: I should have finished this work by now OR… I should have studied harder for my exams. she must have missed the bus". We also use should have to express unfulfilled obligations. Jane should have arrived by now.. Please give some examples. if you wake up in the morning and you see the ground is wet outside. you might say: “It must have rained overnight".com/radio/specials/1535_questionanswer A question from Sekar in India: I request you to explain the difference between “should have” and “must have”.
Audio available online at: www.com/radio/specials/1535_questionanswer Ask about English bbclearningenglish. thanks for your question about the difference between “should have” and “must have”. George Pickering answers: Well Seika. we come to the conclusion that her lateness is due her having missed the bus.
George Pickering is an educational coach.