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  1. Silvia2
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    Must or to have to?

    Can you tell me if the use of must / have in these sentences is correct?

    When George arrives, we must wake her up
    Polly must / has to give him a present for his birthday or heíll get angry
    I have to do the shopping this afternoon. The fridge is nearly empty
    We must speak English during English classes
    It it rains tomorrow, they have to stay at home.
    I have to leave you now, Iíve got a lot of homework to do.
    The computer isn't working. I must / have to call a technician.

    Thank you very much
    Silvia

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    Re: Must or to have to?

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    #3

    Re: Must or to have to?

    Must = have to.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Must = have to.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]
    In all these sentences? can I use either must or have to indifferently?


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    When George arrives, we must/have to wake her up.
    'must' if they feel eager and want her to meet George. 'have to' if she has told you to.
    Polly must/has to give him a present for his birthday or heíll get angry

    I have to must do the shopping this afternoon. The fridge is nearly empty

    We must have to speak English during English classes

    It it rains tomorrow, they have to/must stay at home.

    I have to/must leave you now, Iíve got a lot of homework to do.

    The computer isn't working. I must / have to call a technician.

    OK. Now - how wiser are you?
    What decides between the two; and why can either be appropriate in a couple of your sentences?

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    Re: Must or to have to?

    Thank you!
    and can you explain your corrections and answer to your question?


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    No.

    Put your mind to answering my question, and you can answer those questions yourself.

    After we see a little mental sweat, then, perhaps, a few hints...........
    Last edited by David L.; 19-Mar-2009 at 23:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    No.

    You answer mine.
    I know that 'must' is used when the obligation is felt by the speaker, 'to have to' is used when the obligation depends, for example, on external circumstances

    so why can we use both of them here?
    It it rains tomorrow, they have to/must stay at home.
    I have to/must leave you now, Iíve got a lot of homework to do.


    and what about the other sentences?

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    Re: Must or to have to?

    Quote Originally Posted by silvia2 View Post
    In all these sentences? can I use either must or have to indifferently?
    Looks like it's different in British English. In the U.S., we almost always say "have to," although "must" is also fine.


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    Re: Must or to have to?

    Hi there! I guess you use 'must' when an obligation is imposed by someone and 'have to' when you feel the need to do something. Please correct me if I am wrong!

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