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    going to have vs must

    I was told that Americans prefer to use the long "going to have" versus the much shorter and equally meaningful "must". So according to this statement the following sentences would be equal in meaning.

    "You must get enough credits to graduate from high school."

    OR

    "You're going to have to get enough credits to graduate from high school."

    Is there a subtle difference in meaning that I'm missing here?

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    Re: going to have vs must

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I was told that Americans prefer to use the long "going to have to" versus the much shorter and equally meaningful "must". So according to this statement the following sentences would be equal in meaning.

    "You must get enough credits to graduate from high school."

    OR

    "You're going to have to get enough credits to graduate from high school."

    Is there a subtle difference in meaning that I'm missing here?
    No, you have it wrong. "Have to" means "must". "going to have" has nothing to do with it.

    "You must get enough credits ..." = "You have to get enough credits .."
    You can add "going to" to indicate futurity with "have to" but you can't use it with "must".

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