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    #1

    I'm to read that book.

    Hi,

    What is the difference between these two?
    I have to read that book.
    I'm to read that book.

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    Re: I'm to read that book.

    Not much difference. The first tends to suggest more obligation than the second.

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    #3

    Re: I'm to read that book.

    I have to read that book = I've to read that book.
    I'm to read that book = I'm going to read that book.

    "I've to" is used extensively in Irish English but not so much in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I'm to read that book.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have to read that book = I've to read that book.
    I'm to read that book = I'm going to read that book.

    "I've to" is used extensively in Irish English but not so much in BrE.
    I don't think it works exactly the same way here.

    I have to read that book = I have no choice, and will be reading that book because of an obligation.
    I'm to read that book = I have received an instruction to read the book (I can follow it or face some rather ordinary consequences).

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