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    Sorry to have to say

    I don't understand "to have" in sentence below, Can't we write that without "to have", please?
    I'm sorry to have to say this.

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    Re: Sorry to have to say

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    I don't understand "to have" in the sentence below, Can't we write that without "to have", please?
    I'm sorry to have to say this.
    No, and if you could it wouldn't mean the same thing.

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    Re: Sorry to have to say

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    I don't understand "to have" in the below sentence. below, Can 't we write it that without "to have", please?
    I'm sorry to have to say this.
    In this usage, "to have to" means to be required to. The speaker finds it necessary to say something which s/he would rather not have to say.

    At this stage in your learning, you shouldn't phrase questions in the negative. Just write Can we do whatever you're asking about. Can't we write it without "to have"? means "I would really prefer to write it without "to have"; is that possible?"
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    Re: Sorry to have to say

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In this usage, "to have to" means to be required to. The speaker finds it necessary to say something which s/he would rather not have to say.

    At this stage in your learning, you shouldn't phrase questions in the negative. Just write Can we do whatever you're asking about. Can't we write it without "to have"? means "I would really prefer to write it without "to have"; is that possible?"
    Oh, I am sorry. You always teach me this "you shouldn't phrase questions in the negative.", but I always forget it.

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    Re: Sorry to have to say

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    Oh, I am sorry. You always teach me this "you shouldn't phrase questions in the negative.", but I always forget it.
    It makes me think that negative phrasing is typical in Persian interrogative sentences. Don't worry about repeating a mistake here and there; it's normal in language learning.
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    Re: Sorry to have to say

    Yes, I always ask more questions as negative in Persian , but I think something you said is completely correct for Persia, too.

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