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    #1

    giving directions - must/have to

    Which is better when giving directions? 'Must' or 'have to'?

    You must go to the end of Brown Street.
    You have to go to the end of Brown Street.

    I know it's better to use the imperative or 'should' but if I really wanted to use one of these, which would be more natural/better/grammatically correct?

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    #2

    Re: giving directions - must/have to

    Simply "Go to the end of..." is most natural.

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    Re: giving directions - must/have to

    Yes, I know the imperative is most natural but if I wanted to use 'must' or 'have to' then which one would be better?

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    #4

    Re: giving directions - must/have to

    "Have to." Of course, you rarely here "must" in AmE.

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    Re: giving directions - must/have to

    So it's the only reason why you'd use 'have to' in AmE. And I bet in BrE they'd say 'must' then :)

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    Re: giving directions - must/have to

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    So it's the only reason why you'd use 'have to' in AmE. And I bet in BrE they'd say 'must' then :)
    In BrE we would generally use "have to" if you are only offering a choice between that and "must". We would be far more likely to say "Go to..."

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