Student or Learner
I got these sentences from BNC and AC:
Do other people always listen to what you have to say ?
I managed to get local National Farmers Union branch members to come to listen to what they had to say .
Let's go to Anthony and Sandra first. And Dr. Isay, let us listen to what they have to say.
I think 'what' is the object of 'have' while my net friends say 'have to' means 'must'. Could I ask native English teachers to clarify this puzzle of mine?
Thank you in advance.
Think of the difference here:
I have to say something. (I must say this. I feel compelled.)
I have something to say. (There's something in my mind I wish to share with you.)