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  1. smaila's Avatar
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    #1

    Post must-have to

    My brother was driving my father told him : don't turn right you ( must - have to ) turn left.
    Do we use must or have to in this case?
    And thanks alot

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    Re: must-have to

    Quote Originally Posted by smaila View Post
    My brother was driving my father told him : don't turn right you ( must - have to ) turn left.
    Do we use must or have to in this case?
    Generally speaking, 'must' implies an obligation imposed by the speaker, 'have to' an obligation imposed by a third party.

    You must do your homework - I, the teacher, impose the obligation.

    You have to do your homework.
    - This is a school rule.

    In your example, 'have to' is probably more likely, but it is difficult to say without full context. Even with full context, the information I gave in my first line is not a 'rule'. It is more of an observation on the way the expressions appear to be used most commonly.


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