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  1. Over the top's Avatar
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    I have to, I got to

    I listened to someone was talking "maybe" about positive thinking and she said we shouldn't say I have to go to school but instead I got to go to school and so on
    What is the difference?
    Thank you

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    Re: I have to, I got to

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    I listened to someone was talking "maybe" about positive thinking and she said we shouldn't say I have to go to school but instead I got to go to school and so on
    What is the difference?
    Thank you
    You will hear it in the U.S. but "I got to go" is not correct as are many other "distortions" in AmE.

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    Re: I have to, I got to

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    I listened to someone was talking "maybe" about positive thinking and she said we shouldn't say I have to go to school but instead I got to go to school and so on
    What is the difference?
    Thank you
    Are you sure she wasn't saying, "I've got to go..."? That is correct.

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    Re: I have to, I got to

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Are you sure she wasn't saying, "I've got to go..."? That is correct.
    Even if she were saying that, it was still untrue that we shouldn't say 'have to go'

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    #5

    Re: I have to, I got to

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Even if she were saying that, it was still untrue that we shouldn't say 'have to go'
    Yes, that's true, but her sin is only half as grave if she said, "I've got to".

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