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    gotta and have to

    i really want to know the differencies between 'gotta'(got to) and 'have to'. I recently saw this on a movie, and for me it seems to have the same meaning, but i know it's not true.
    So help me, please!!

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    Re: gotta and have to

    Quote Originally Posted by thalesmaro View Post
    i really want to know the differencies between 'gotta'(got to) and 'have to'. I recently saw this on a movie, and for me it seems to have the same meaning, but i know it's not true.
    So help me, please!!
    'Gotta' - a shortened slang form of 'I have got to'. The 'got' and 'to' are run together to make one word.

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    Re: gotta and have to

    Yes, they mean the same.

    I gotta learn English means I have got to learn English.

    "gotta," or "have got to" really means "must"

    I gotta loose weight.

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    Re: gotta and have to

    Sorry - I gotta double check my spelling. I meant "lose."

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    Re: gotta and have to

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Yes, they mean the same.

    I gotta learn English means I have got to learn English.

    "gotta," or "have got to" really means "must"

    I gotta loose weight.
    Hi Susie,
    When asking a question, would it be:
    Do you gotta go to work tomorrow? Or:
    You gotta go to work tomorrow?

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    Re: gotta and have to

    Quote Originally Posted by thalesmaro View Post
    i really want to know the differencies between 'gotta'(got to) and 'have to'. I recently saw this on a movie, and for me it seems to have the same meaning, but i know it's not true.
    So help me, please!!
    The question is:
    The difference between "gotta (got to)" and " have to" isl..................

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    Re: gotta and have to

    They mean the same. 'I have to' is better English (BrE), although in casual spoken English 'I've got to' is often used and is frequently contracted to 'I gotta'. 'I've got to' and 'I gotta' are not good in written or in more formal spoken English.

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    Re: gotta and have to

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Hi Susie,
    When asking a question, would it be:
    Do you gotta go to work tomorrow? Or:
    You gotta go to work tomorrow?
    Banderas, 'Do you gotta go to work tomorrow?' is very poor English; 'You gotta.....?' is even worse. You should ask 'Do you have to...?'

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    #9

    Re: gotta and have to

    Well, you are going to HEAR it all the time It is very informal, almost slang and should never be written in communications:

    I gotta get a job.

    Ya gotta go to work?

    Just know that what it MEANS and use it appropriately - not in writing or in school or in formal conversation.

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    Re: gotta and have to

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Well, you are going to HEAR it all the time It is very informal, almost slang and should never be written in communications:

    I gotta get a job.

    Ya gotta go to work?

    Just know that what it MEANS and use it appropriately - not in writing or in school or in formal conversation.
    In a certain uneducated part of the population (UK) you will hear it. Personally I come from a working class family and we never spoke like that.

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