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    #1

    I have something to tell you./ I have to tell you something.

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between the following two sentences?

    1. I have something to tell you.

    2. I have to tell you something.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: I have something to tell you./ I have to tell you something.

    In the first sentence 'have' denotes possession, in this case the possession of information. In the second 'have' denotes impulsion, the strong desire to impart that information.

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