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    Modals

    What is the difference between "have to" and "must" ?
    Could you please give me some examples? Thank you.

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    My teachers ever said that 【have to】 biased toward objective and 【must】 biased toward subjective .
    Right?


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    Thank you but I need some examples

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    The difference is subtle and need not concern most people, 'I have to ...', means or could mean 'I am obliged to ...' whereas, 'I must ...' could have a connotation of an impulse from within.But so then could 'I have to...'.

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    【have to】from a Chinese dictionary
    A dictionary of current idiomatic English
    (Tianjin Science and Technology Press ,
    FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING AND RESEARCH PRESS )


    1 must, be obliged to, have got to
    I have to go to the hospital tonight to see an old friend.


    2 coll be sure to
    This has to be the best movie of the year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The difference is subtle and need not concern most people, 'I have to ...', means or could mean 'I am obliged to ...' whereas, 'I must ...' could have a connotation of an impulse from within.But so then could 'I have to...'.
    Thank you.Have these modals usage rules like "You should not use 'Have to' in..... or you should use 'must' in..... " ?

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    Not really no, most people would use them interchangeably.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Not really no, most people would use them interchangeably.
    Thank you so much

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    Re: Modals

    【must】 from a Chinese dictionary
    A New English-Chinese Dictionary
    【ever sent to Mrs. Thatcher(Margaret Hilda Thatcher) by Chinese goverment.
    (The Commercial Press)


    I (1) v. aux. (negative: need not, must not)
    I must work.
    You must not do it.
    He must be told=We must tell him.
    *【simple past tense ,simple future tense,present perfect tense ,past perfect tense ,future perfect tense.passivtive voice,active voice】【= one kind of "have to"
    I must(=have to) go today(tomorrow).
    I had to go yesterday.
    I shall have to go there some day

    (2) 【negative: cannot be, couldn't have + p.p.】
    He must be honest.
    It cannnot be true.
    He must have arrived by this time.

    (3) He must always has his own way.

    (4) If you must, you must.
    Why must it rain on Sunday?
    She said that she must see the manager

    (5) (history as today)
    It was too late now to retreat , he must make goood his word

    (6) (emphasis "just" )
    Just as I was busiest, he must come bothering me


    【must have been done】
    1 She must have been a beauty in her day.
    What a sight it must have been!
    How you must have hated me!
    I said he must have lost his way.

    2 (=should or would surely)
    You must have caught the train if you had hurried.

    3 Applicants must have finished the middle school.







    II
    (colloquial) This order is a must.


    III (colloquial) necessary absolutely
    must legislation, a must item, a must book, a must subject

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