"Рубашка должна быть здесь."

Translation:The shirt has to be here.

December 3, 2015



Does this denote probability or obligation? Or both?

October 10, 2016


Can be both.

March 30, 2017


DL is not showing "should be" or "ought to be" as translations for "должна быть," but they should work too, shouldn't they?

December 3, 2015


"should be" worked for me

December 20, 2015


Is the word быть necessary in this sentence?

December 27, 2015


Yes. It is the "to be" in the sentence.

January 12, 2019


Должна быть is translated here as "has to be" but not "needs to be" (marked incorrect) or "must be" (also marked incorrect). So I need some help on context. Can I rule out a statement of incredulity, e.g., "The shirt must be here; I saw it here yesterday"? Can I rule out a statement of necessity, e.g., "The shirt needs to be here; I explained to the cleaner that I have a dress rehearsal this evening"? What is the context for "The shirt has to be here" that "must be" and "needs to be" do not fulfill? Thank you in advance.

April 1, 2017


Both "The shirt must be here; I saw it here yesterday" and "The shirt needs to be here; I explained to the cleaner that I have a dress rehearsal this evening" interpretations work just fine here.

"Must be" and "needs to be" are not incorrect, so they probably were not accepted for technical reasons. Try to report them if you encounter this sentence again.

April 4, 2017


is "supposed to be" right too? it didn't work for me.

January 4, 2016


I wrote "The shirt is supposed to be here" and it was marked wrong. (

November 18, 2017


"supposed to be" implies something like it "it should be, but it isn't".

The shirt is supposed to be here but I can't find it, so may be I put it elsewhere.

Whereas if I say "it must be here" or "it has to be here" then I am sure it is and I will keep looking for it until I find it.

January 6, 2018


It's not a technical term of grammar, but I think of this usage as a "conjectural mood" - expressing a lot of different concepts: the shirt is supposed to be there, should be there, was promised to be there, will ruin my plans if it's not there, could not be anywhere else, is where I remember leaving it, etc.

February 28, 2019


it sounds like "required"

July 10, 2019
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