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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Use of must

    Hey,
    "must" reminds me of the german "müssen" (=you have to), is that the case in english??

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    Anton

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    #2

    Re: Use of must

    Yes, that is the origin of the word.

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    #3

    Re: Use of must

    Note, however, that the must is used in rather different ways from müssen. Here are some

    I must go =
    (roughly)I have to go, I am obliged to go.
    I must not go = I am obliged to not-go.
    I don't have to go = I needn't go = I am not obliged to go.

    He must be rich = It seems logically certain that he is rich.
    He can't be rich = It seems logically certain that he is not rich.

    Must has no past tense or present perfect forms.

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