"will have" = "must have; did"

John Doe hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 20 06:12:17 UTC 2013

On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Not even going into how many countless native Africans _will have died_ at
> the hands of British troops...."

 New to me. But I'd *say* "_would_ have died" in a case like this. Wouldn't
write it, though. It's too colored. Gnome sane?
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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