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    difference between MUST & HAVE TO ?

    What is the difference between MUST & HAVE TO ?
    1. You MUST obey your parents every time.
    2. You HAVE TO obey your parents every time.

    How do differ these in usages???

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    Re: difference between MUST & HAVE TO ?

    I feel that "must" carries more emphasis than "have to".

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: difference between MUST & HAVE TO ?

    Unfortunately, native speakers don't always agree on this. I have heard teachers saying that must indicates a stronger obligation than have to. I've also heard some say that have to is stronger than must!

    My own feeling is that speakers of BrE tend to use must when the speaker imposes the obligation and have to when the obligation is externally imposed:

    Teacher to student: You must do your homework tonight. (= I, the teacher, order this.)
    Mother to son: You have to do your homework tonight. (= Somebody else, the teacher, orders this)

    So, when I enter an office block with a colleague, I see a notice Visitors must report to the reception desk (the obligation is imposed by the 'speaker', the person who ordered the notice to be displayed), I say to my colleague "We have to report to reception" (I have not imposed the obligation).

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    Re: difference between MUST & HAVE TO ?

    Thank you sir

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    Re: difference between MUST & HAVE TO ?

    Quote Originally Posted by junaid chithari View Post
    Thank you, sir​.
    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.



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