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    #1

    have to and must

    Hi there,
    Do they mean differently in the following sentences which was said by a teacher to his students? ARe they different in British and American English?

    1. You must hand in your homework on time.
    2. You have to hand in your homework on time.
    3. You need to hand in your homework on time.

    Thanks
    pete

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    #2

    Re: have to and must

    Hi Peter123

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, the 3 sentences would have the following meanings to me (others may have different interpretations):

    1. You must hand in your homework on time.
    Response if a particular homework has not been handed in on time, reinforcing the rule.

    2. You have to hand in your homework on time.
    This would be the rule, set prior to giving any homework, possibly also identifying the penalty if you don't.

    3. You [really] need to hand in your homework on time.
    This would be a warning, if you keep missing the deadline for handing in your homework.

    Hope this helps
    NT

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