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    to be duty bound/to have a duty

    Hello,

    Are the sentences below correct and natural? Do they mean the same?

    I.
    1. Local officials are duty bound to serve the community.
    2. Local officials have a duty to serve the community.

    II.
    1. We are duty bound to justify how we spend our funds.
    2. We have a duty to justify how we spend our funds.

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    #2

    Re: to be duty bound/to have a duty

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    1. Local officials are duty-bound to serve the community.
    2. Local officials have a duty to serve the community.

    II.
    1. We are duty-bound to justify how we spend our funds.
    2. We have a duty to justify how we spend our funds.
    Note the hyphen!
    Otherwise, your sentence pairs are correct and they do mean the same thing.

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    Re: to be duty bound/to have a duty

    Thank you. But there is no hyphen in Cambridge Dictionaries Online - http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/d...y/british/duty. Why?

    I'm also wondering if "duty-bound" is an adjective?
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    Re: to be duty bound/to have a duty

    Yes — 'duty-bound' is an adjective.

    Click here to find many dictionaries which prefer the hyphenated version.

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    Re: to be duty bound/to have a duty

    I think without the hyphen my sentences also correct. Am I right?

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    Re: to be duty bound/to have a duty

    Yes.

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