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    Can you tell me the difference between Musn't ,Don't have to and haven't got to?

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    Re: the difference

    There's an important distinction between the first and the others. Not only is it spelt wrong ( - the first t in "mustn't" is silent), but it is also a prohibition - you must not do it (doing it is something that you are obliged to avoid).

    'Don't have to' and 'haven't got to' both admit the possibility of doing it; there is just no requirement to - you can if you like.

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