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    Default Does duty always mean obligatory duty?

    Hello there. In Greek the work duty refers to something that is obligatory.
    I am eager to learn if the English word duty can refer to something that is not obligatory.

    For example what should i write for obligatory army duty (u are obliged to join the army for one year when u are 18 years old)

    I serve my obligatory army duty in the Greek Army

    I serve my army duty in the Greek Army. (does this phrase refer to something obligatory?)

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    Exclamation Re: Does duty always mean obligatory duty?

    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello there. In Greek the work duty refers to something that is obligatory.
    I am eager to learn if the English word duty can refer to something that is not obligatory.

    For example what should i write for obligatory army duty (u are obliged to join the army for one year when u are 18 years old)

    I serve my obligatory army service (duty) in the Greek Army (Replace duty by service)

    I serve my army duty in the Greek Army. (does this phrase refer to something obligatory?) Yes
    Duty: noun meaning : something you must do or you have to do because it is morally or legally right [= obligation]


    So use of word “obligatory” is not necessary with "duty"..
    • Do your duty
    • It is somebody's duty to clean the floor.
    Apart from the meaning related to work/service the word “duty” has also other uses such as:
    customs duty (=tax paid on goods coming into the country)
    stamp duty, double duty (a thing capable of serving two purposes) , heavy-duty

    Obligatory: adjective meaning: something required as a matter of obligation; mandatory or compulsory.
    • For me toreply to your post is desirable but not obligatory.
    • Mathematics is an obligatory subject in the course
    Last edited by sarat_106; 01-Aug-2009 at 06:52.

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    Default Re: Does duty always mean obligatory duty?

    Duty implies an obligation, but they are often more honoured in the breach.

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