Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Jan 2012
    • Posts: 141
    #1

    Must and have to (school rules)

    English teacher

    Hi everybody.
    As far as I know, MUST and HAVE TO are often interchangeable.
    When talking about school rules is it better to use MUST or HAVE TO?
    For example (teacher speaking):
    Students must do their homework. / Students have to do their homework.
    Students must be on time. / Students have to be on time.
    Students must turn off their mobiles. / Students have to turn off their mobile.

    And what about speaking in the first person?
    (students speaking)
    I must wear a uniform / I have to wear a uniform. Etc.
    Thanks a lot.

    WW

  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #2

    Re: Must and have to (school rules)

    Quote Originally Posted by Walt Whitman View Post
    As far as I know, MUST and HAVE TO are often interchangeable. There is often no significant diference in the affirmative. There is an important difference in the negative.

    When talking about school rules is it better to use MUST or HAVE TO? For example (teacher speaking):
    Students must do their homework. / Students have to do their homework.
    Students must be on time. / Students have to be on time.
    Students must turn off their mobiles. / Students have to turn off their mobiles.
    'Must' suggests an obligation imposed by the speaker; 'have to' suggests an externally-imposed obligation. If the teacher is imposing the rules, s/he is more likely to use 'must'. If the teacher is explaining what the school rules are, s/he may use 'have to'. There is not really a significant difference.

    And what about speaking in the first person?
    (students speaking)
    I must wear a uniform / I have to wear a uniform. Etc.
    The student will normally be talking about an externally-imposed obligation, and so is far more likely to use 'have to'.
    5

Similar Threads

  1. Our School Rules: Please, proof read!
    By useyyidg in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 13-Dec-2011, 10:17
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Nov-2011, 09:52
  3. letter to school for decrease school fee
    By man16 in forum Letter Writing
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-Sep-2009, 03:13
  4. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Aug-2009, 13:49

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •