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|Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.|
- (stressed) IPA: /mʌst/, SAMPA: /mVst/
- (unstressed) IPA: /məs(t)/, SAMPA: /m@s(t)/
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- Rhymes: -ʌst
Third person singular
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To do with certainty; indicates that the speaker is certain that the subject will have executed the predicate
- If it rained all day, it must be very wet outside.
- You picked one of two, and it wasn't the first: it must have been the second.
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To do as a requirement; indicates that the sentence subject is required as an imperative or directive to execute the sentence predicate, with failure to do so resulting in a negative consequence.
- You must arrive in class on time. — the requirement is an imperative
- This door handle must be rotated fully. — the requirement is a directive
- (auxiliary, to do with certainty): Compare with weaker auxiliary verb should, indicating a strong probability of the predicate's execution.
- (auxiliary, to do as a requirement): Compare with weaker auxiliary verb should, indicating mere intent for the predicate's execution; and stronger auxiliary verb will, indicating that the negative consequence will be unusually severe.
- Must is not used to indicate obligation in the past. As indicated above, the usual form is had to. It is possible to use be bound to for the past also. For this reason, have to and be bound to are also used as alternatives to must in the present and future.
- Something that exhibits the property of being stale or musty
- Fruit juice that will ferment or has fermented, usually grapes
- A time during which male elephants exhibit increased levels of sexual activity and aggressiveness (also musth).
- Something that is mandatory or required.
- If you'll be out all day, sunscreen is a must.
must (genitive musta)
must (plural mustok)
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