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    I have to/must go to the doctor

    I've got a terrible earache. Painkillers don't help so I say:
    1. I have to go to the doctor.
    or
    2. I must go to the doctor.

    Which one is correct?
    Is using the other one a mistake?

    Same situation. I say to my friend:
    3. Sorry, I have to cancel our meeting. I've got an earache and I'm going to the doctor.
    or
    4. Sorry, I must cancel our meeting. I've got an earache and I'm going to the doctor.

    I'd be grateful for your help.

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    Re: I have to/must go to the doctor

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    I've got a terrible earache. Painkillers don't help so I say:
    1. I have to go to the doctor.
    or
    2. I must go to the doctor.

    Which one is correct? I'd say, "I need to go to the doctor."
    Is using the other one a mistake? "Have to" is better than "must" (to me), but "need to" is best.

    Same situation. I say to my friend:
    3. Sorry, I have to cancel our meeting. I've got an earache and I'm going to the doctor.
    or
    4. Sorry, I must cancel our meeting. I've got an earache and I'm going to the doctor.

    I'd be grateful for your help.
    I'd say:
    "Sorry, I'm going to have to cancel the meeting. I've got an earache and I need to go to the doctor." OR, "Sorry, I'll have to cancel the meeting."

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