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    Talking be compelled to vs. be obliged to

    Hello~
    could you help me what will be the most natural way to say in this conversations?


    A: Oh! What's wrong with you? You are cleaning the house!

    B: Don't speak to me man, I'm pissed off now.
    You know how hate I'm cleaning. But
    because of my wife I'm compelled to do it now.
    or because of my wife I'm obliged to do it now.
    or because of my wife I cann't help doing it now.

    How should I say it

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    Re: be compelled to vs. be obliged to

    I'm obliged to do it now. This is correct in the given context.

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    Re: be compelled to vs. be obliged to

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hello~
    could you help me what will be the most natural way to say in this conversations?


    A: Oh! What's wrong with you? You are cleaning the house!

    B: Don't speak to me man, I'm pissed off now.
    You know how hate I'm cleaning. But
    because of my wife I'm compelled to do it now.
    or because of my wife I'm obliged to do it now.
    or because of my wife I cann't help doing it now.

    How should I say it
    In my ominion, these three sentences are possible.

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    Re: be compelled to vs. be obliged to

    Thans for the reply

    If it were you how would you say? I want to know how native speakers to say in this situation.

    Would you please let me know?

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    Re: be compelled to vs. be obliged to

    'I'm obliged to do it now.'

    This is the way I would say it, or 'I have to do it now'.

    'Compulsion' comes from within, so 'compelled' is not good in the context.
    Likewise with 'I can't help doing it now', it implies an internal desire. Whereas 'obliged' indicates an outside influence.

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