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    #1

    have to/must

    "We have to and must change that." (Jeremy Corbyn.)

    Is there any difference in meaning between "have to change" and "must change" in the above sentence?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Sep-2015 at 17:25. Reason: Enlarged font to make it readable
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    Re: have to/must

    I don't think there is any significant difference. I think Corbyn used the two to emphasise the idea of obligation.
    Last edited by Piscean; 12-Sep-2015 at 22:48. Reason: typo corrected.

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    #3

    Re: have to/must

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I think Corbyn used the two to emphasis the idea of obligation.
    Piscean, would you care to correct your sentence?

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    #4

    Re: have to/must

    Thank you, Piscean, for your reply.

    Could you agree with my interpretation of that: "have to change" means the external obligation and "must change" the internal one?

    I've read it as "he has to change things because there is a popular demand for change thus forcing the Labour leader to do that" and "he must change things because of his own will and determination to do that".

    Is my interpretation far-fetched?
    Last edited by tkacka15; 12-Sep-2015 at 22:41.
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    #5

    Re: have to/must

    Your interpretation is not far-fetched, but I am not sure that many speakers actually observe this distinction.

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