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  • young0706
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    • April 07, 2010, 12:36:06 pm
    • Kyungnam, Korea
Question about a correct sentence!!
« on: November 05, 2018, 12:04:31 pm »


  Need urgent help!!

 I'm sorry, but I don't have any source to ask for help!!

 This is from our exam.

 --> He looked like an ordinary boy, but he wasn't ordinary at all.

 The intended answer : He looked like an ordinary, but he was far from ordinary.(from our textbook)

 but is it possible to write like this?

--> He looked like an ordinary boy, but he must not have been ordinary.

 Does it have same meaning with the above sentence, "He looked like an ordinary boy, but he wasn't ordinary at all."
 
 Please help!!

 


  • zola
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    • September 30, 2012, 06:56:11 am
    • Korea
Re: Question about a correct sentence!!
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2018, 12:09:10 pm »
No, "He looked like an ordinary boy, but he must not have been ordinary", sounds clunky and uses "must not have" is a technically incorrect way. At least without any extra context.
Kpip! - Martin 2018


Re: Question about a correct sentence!!
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018, 12:33:34 pm »


  Need urgent help!!

 I'm sorry, but I don't have any source to ask for help!!

 This is from our exam.

 --> He looked like an ordinary boy, but he wasn't ordinary at all.

 The intended answer : He looked like an ordinary, but he was far from ordinary.(from our textbook)

 but is it possible to write like this?

--> He looked like an ordinary boy, but he must not have been ordinary.

 Does it have same meaning with the above sentence, "He looked like an ordinary boy, but he wasn't ordinary at all."
 
 Please help!!

We use 'can't have been' for modals of deduction in the past. so as Zola says, 'must not have been' isn't appropriate. However 'can't have been', while accurate, still doesn't have the same meaning as your example sentence. 


  • kyndo
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    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: Question about a correct sentence!!
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2018, 01:37:21 pm »
No, "He looked like an ordinary boy, but he must not have been ordinary", sounds clunky and uses "must not have" is a technically incorrect way. At least without any extra context.

I think the bolded is noteworthy: given the correct context, "He looked like an ordinary boy, but he must not have been ordinary." can be correct. But I doubt that the very specific context required for that sentence to make sense was present, so personally I would mark it as incorrect.


  • ESLTurtle
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    • October 25, 2017, 07:58:46 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Question about a correct sentence!!
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2018, 05:50:52 pm »
This thread makes me cringe. You could've simply messaged ANY of your English speaking friends.

Edited for offensive language.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2018, 08:11:49 am by kyndo »


Re: Question about a correct sentence!!
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2018, 07:49:43 pm »
This thread makes me fuckin' cringe. You could've simply messaged ANY of your English speaking friends.


If we're paying 20 bucks a year to download, might as well fill the forums.


  • ESLTurtle
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    • October 25, 2017, 07:58:46 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Question about a correct sentence!!
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2018, 08:03:36 pm »
This thread makes me fuckin' cringe. You could've simply messaged ANY of your English speaking friends.


If we're paying 20 bucks a year to download, might as well fill the forums.

Keeping the amount of time it takes to get an answer in mind the logical approach is to simply ask a real life friend via IM. Lol.


  • zola
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    • September 30, 2012, 06:56:11 am
    • Korea
Re: Question about a correct sentence!!
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2018, 06:33:34 am »
I assumed op was a Korean English teacher. They may not have a native speaker friend.
Kpip! - Martin 2018


  • JVPrice
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    • August 29, 2017, 10:26:13 am
    • Tampa, FL
Re: Question about a correct sentence!!
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2018, 09:59:06 am »
I assumed op was a Korean English teacher. They may not have a native speaker friend.

That or maybe they feel more comfortable asking OTHER English teachers that at least have some experience with this.
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