judging by what he said

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judging by what he said

Post by navi » Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:08 am

Which are correct:

1) Judging by the clouds, it must rain soon.
2) Judging by the clouds, it has to rain soon.
3) Judging by the clouds, it should rain soon.
4) Judging by the clouds, it ought to rain soon.

5) I was talking to Tom in Rome. Judging by what he said, it must be raining there.
6) I was talking to Tom in Rome. Judging by what he said, it has to be raining there.
7) I was talking to Tom in Rome. Judging by what he said, it should be raining there.
8 ) I was talking to Tom in Rome. Judging by what he said, it ought to be raining there.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: judging by what he said

Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:05 am

All OK. Only difference is the extent of certainty. The "should" and "ought" versions suggest slightly less of it than the other two.
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