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    #1

    have to

    I would like to know the difference in the meaning among "have to(1)", "have to(2)", "have to(3)".
    1. I have to go now.
    2. I would like to hear what you have to say.
    3. All I have to say is “I am sorry”.

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    #2

    Re: have to

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference in the meaning among "have to(1)", "have to(2)", "have to(3)".
    1. I have to go now.
    2. I would like to hear what you have to say.
    3. All I have to say is “I am sorry”.
    1. Here "have to" means "must". I am obliged to go.
    2 and 3 are the same as each other. "What do you have to say?" etc is almost like ownership. "What do you have (in your brain!) that you wish to say?" "All I have to say is....." = "The only thing that I have (own!) that I wish to say is....."

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    #3

    Re: have to

    #2 could also mean "what you feel you must say".

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