Interested in Language
I'm not sure if I have problems with must, but I ask anyway.
He: You must do this!
Me: Do I really must do this?
Is the second sentence grammatically right?
As said: Maybe it's easier than I thought, but I want to be fully sure...
Ah okay, I was not very sure but it's good that I asked.
Have I really to do it?
should be right as well!?
Do I really have to do this?
She has a car.
Has she a car?
Does she have a car?
[Not a teacher]
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Do I really have to do it? is exactly what any sensible person in the UK would ALSO say, if requested to do some task, either at some future time, or at least, not immediately confronting them.
As with the usual difference between 'this' and 'that',"Do I really have to do this" implies that the speaker is confronted by the task to be done.
Last edited by bhaisahab; 19-Nov-2009 at 11:26.
Anyone asking, "Does she have...." rather than, "Has she got......" would be thought of as speaking a bit "posh". This seems to have been the case as long as I can remember, and I've been around a long time.