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It must have cost a pretty penny. #1 (permalink) Wed Feb 23, 2011 18:39 pm   It must have cost a pretty penny.
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #251 "Modal Verbs (3)", question 2

This is a large, luxurious house! It ......... cost a pretty penny.

(a) can
(b) can't
(c) must have
(d) shall

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #251 "Modal Verbs (3)", answer 2

This is a large, luxurious house! It must have cost a pretty penny.

Correct answer: (c) must have
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It must have cost a pretty penny. #2 (permalink) Wed Feb 23, 2011 19:08 pm   It must have cost a pretty penny.
 

Yes - something that is very expensive.
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It must have cost a pretty penny. #3 (permalink) Wed Feb 23, 2011 19:08 pm   It must have cost a pretty penny.
 

That's right.
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It must have cost a pretty penny. #4 (permalink) Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:10 am   It must have cost a pretty penny.
 

It must have cost a pretty penny.

Is this using past participle?
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It must have cost a pretty penny. #5 (permalink) Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:28 am   It must have cost a pretty penny.
 

Hi,

In the idiom mentioned above -'it must have cost a pretty penny'. 'have cost' is a perfect infinitive. After 'must' the verb is always in the infinitive form as in: It must cost. 'It must have to' is a sort of repetition because 'must' and 'have to' both suggest necessity and in that sense the sentence doesn't really make much sense.

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It must have cost a pretty penny. #6 (permalink) Thu Jul 28, 2011 20:29 pm   It must have cost a pretty penny.
 

Alan wrote:
Hi,

In the idiom mentioned above -'it must have cost a pretty penny'. 'have cost' is a perfect infinitive. After 'must' the verb is always in the infinitive form as in: It must cost. 'It must have to' is a sort of repetition because 'must' and 'have to' both suggest necessity and in that sense the sentence doesn't really make much sense.

Alan

Can "to" be left out here?

'it must have (to) cost a pretty penny' right?
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It must have cost a pretty penny. #7 (permalink) Thu Jul 28, 2011 22:01 pm   It must have cost a pretty penny.
 

'To' is not needed.

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It must have cost a pretty penny. #8 (permalink) Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:06 am   It must have cost a pretty penny.
 

Linda wrote:
Yes - something that is very expensive.

That's right.
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