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    Default has to vs. must

    Do you see any difference between these two statements? If there is a difference, what is it?

    There must be a gas station somewhere on this map.
    There has to be a gas station somewhere on this map.

    Some resources say there's no difference in meaning, some say there is. I suspect that they mean the same, but I'm not sure.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Default Re: has to vs. must

    Hello,CarloSsS.
    I've read another thread of yours, and it's been really interesting. Thank you for that.

    I'm not a native speaker of English, but I understand both express 'certainty'.
    As for the second, "There has got to be a gas station..." is also possible (if I understand it correctly).

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    Default Re: has to vs. must

    NOT A TEACHER

    This is what the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English has to say about this matter. This also how I have always thought about the difference between "has to" and "must".

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    In everyday English, people usually say someone has to or has got to do something rather than say they must do something , which can sound slightly formal or emphatic:
    Everyone has to wear a seat belt.
    I ‘ve got to go at four o’clock.
    Do I have to pay now?

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    Default Re: has to vs. must

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Do you see any difference between these two statements? If there is a difference, what is it?

    There must be a gas station somewhere on this map.
    There has to be a gas station somewhere on this map.

    Some resources say there's no difference in meaning, some say there is. I suspect that they mean the same, but I'm not sure.
    No difference in that context.

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