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    #1

    Must I? = answer with 'need' or 'must'

    Hello,

    A: Must I pay now?
    B: No, you needn't. / No, you musn't.

    A: Need I pay now?
    B: Yes, you must. / Yes, you need.

    They are my sentences. I would like to ask whether or not all the answers are possible, depending on the context.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Must I? = answer with 'need' or 'must'

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    No, you musn't.
    I take 'you mustn't do something' to mean 'you shouldn't do something', which doesn't seem a correct answer to the question.
    Not a teacher.
    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Yes, you need.
    The modal verb 'need' is usually not used in the affirmative.

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    #3

    Re: Must I? = answer with 'need' or 'must'

    None of the answers are natural.

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    #4

    Re: Must I? = answer with 'need' or 'must'

    Would you mind telling us what answers are natural?

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    #5

    Re: Must I? = answer with 'need' or 'must'

    No, you don't have to [pay now].

    Yes, you have to pay now.
    Yes, you must pay now.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Must I? = answer with 'need' or 'must'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Yes, you have to pay now.
    Yes, you must pay now.
    In addition to these, Yes, you do sounds OK to me.

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