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    Default need to be done= should be done or must be done?

    "A bunch of things needs to be done." Would you interpret it as "must be done" or "should be done"?
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    Default Re: need to be done= should be done or must be done?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "A bunch of things need to be done." Would you interpret it as "must be done" or "shouldd be done"?
    It would depend on context and tone of voice. (I wouldn't use "bunch").

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    Default Re: need to be done= should be done or must be done?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It would depend on context and tone of voice. (I wouldn't use "bunch").
    It could be used for both depending on a connotation? Do British people use "need to be..."?

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    Default Re: need to be done= should be done or must be done?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Do British people use "need to be..."?
    Yes, they do.

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    Default Re: need to be done= should be done or must be done?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "A bunch of things needs to be done." Would you interpret it as "must be done" or "shouldd be done"?
    Some would say that these two options differ very little. I would, however, interpret this as "must be done." I use "should be" as a recommendation, advice or just a good idea. Wait for other replies, which may differ from this one.

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