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He must have already gone to sleep/bed He must [already] be sleeping He must be asleep already Any of the above can express the idea of a person who is either in bed or sleeping at the moment of speaking. The modal verb must is used for speculating, and making deductions. It expresses the speaker's conviction or certainty. In other words ...


[EDITED] Present (and recent) time: a. He must be asleep [already]. b. He must be sleeping [already]. c. [I think that] he must have [already] gone/went to sleep/bed. d. He must have been sleeping for the last eighteen hours [before now], if he has not heard that. However, I will contend that c and d in the above are rare, and that "must have" is much ...

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