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    #1

    Must and do

    Hi,
    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...

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: Must and do

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hi,
    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...

    Cheers!
    You've almost got it: it's just the word order that's wrong..........

    You must do this.

    Must I really do it?


    buggles (not a teacher)

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    #3

    Re: Must and do

    Thanks.
    Ah okay, I was not very sure but it's good that I asked.

    That means
    Have I really to do it?
    should be right as well!?

    Cheers!

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    #4

    Re: Must and do

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thanks.
    Ah okay, I was not very sure but it's good that I asked.

    That means
    Have I really to do it?
    should be right as well!?

    Cheers!
    You've got it.

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    #5

    Re: Must and do

    I'd prefer...

    Do I really have to do this?

    She has a car.
    Has she a car?
    Does she have a car?

    [Not a teacher]

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    #6

    Re: Must and do

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I'd prefer...

    Do I really have to do this?

    She has a car.
    Has she a car?
    Does she have a car?

    [Not a teacher]
    Agreed, but in the UK we'd be more likely to use....


    "Has she got a car?"

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    #7

    Re: Must and do

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    That means
    Have I really to do it?
    should be right as well!?

    Cheers!
    I think you prefer BrE versions, but this wouldn't work in the US.
    Do I really have to do it?
    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.


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    #8

    Re: Must and do

    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.

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    #9

    Re: Must and do

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    Agreed, but in the UK we'd be more likely to use....


    "Has she got a car?"
    I am really curious about this buggles, I keep seeing, in posts on this site, that the British prefer "Has she got something" to "Does she have something". Since when has this been this the case? I admit that I haven't lived in Britain for a very long time, but when I was at school we would have been beaten to death for saying "has she got" instead of "does she have".
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 19-Nov-2009 at 12:26.

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    #10

    Re: Must and do

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I am really curious about this buggles, I keep seeing, in posts on this site, that the British prefer "Has she got something" to "Does she have something". Since when has this been this the case? I admit that I haven't lived in Britain for a very long time, but when I was at school we would have been beaten to death for saying "has she got" instead of "does she have".
    It's very much a question of "toff"-speak as opposed to everyday speech.

    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.

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