Woods wrote:I have a doubt here: if you say "You must have been aware of the circumstances," does that mean that the person would have known about the circumstances, or that they had an obligation to know like in the present, or it could be both?
I ended up using "you should have known" instead because it's clear it states an obligation, even though I would have used "must have" if it was stronger, but wasn't introducing a doubt about whether they knew or not.
Woods wrote:What about those:
"I might have forgotten."
"I might forget."
I think the first applies to the present only - meaning that I most likely did forget, possibly not, but either way it's already a fact. The second applies to the future.
Woods wrote:I am looking for one where I mean that I could forget but didn't (like I'm going out of the restaurant and was about to leave without paying, but at the last moment I realised that and paid). So what about "I could forget." - it seems to me that this one also applies mostly to the future, but maybe it could be used for something in the past as well? Or not?
Woods wrote:And is there one that applies only to the past? I guess "I was about to forget" or "I almost forgot" would be the closest - we can't really use a modal verb like can or might?
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