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    what's the diffrence

    Hello, dear experts,
    Could you, please, discriminate between the shades of meaning of the three sentences below:
    1. I should be at work before 9.
    2. I have to be at work before 9.
    3. I must be at work before 9.

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    Re: what's the diffrence

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Hello, dear experts,
    Could you, please, discriminate between the shades of meaning of the three sentences below:
    1. I should be at work before 9.
    2. I have to be at work before 9.
    3. I must be at work before 9.
    As to #1 - you expect that you'll be at work before 9.
    As to #2 - this is your duty to be at work before 9.
    As to #3 - you urge yourself to be at work before 9.

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    Re: what's the diffrence

    # 1 is the least urgent, there is a possibility that you won't be there.
    # 2 the medium, You are expected to be at work before 9
    # 3 the most urgent/important, there will be consequences if you are not there before 9.

    2 and 3 indicate to me that there may be consequences if you are not there.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: what's the diffrence

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Hello, dear experts,
    Could you, please, discriminate between the shades of meaning of the three sentences below:
    1. I should be at work before 9.
    2. I have to be at work before 9.
    3. I must be at work before 9.
    Just to confuse things, I'll give a different opinion.
    "have to" and "must" are generally synonymous. They both mean you have an obligation to be at work before 9.

    "should" has several meanings.
    The most likely meaning of 1. is:
    "I am supposed to be at work before 9" (But my boss will understand if I'm a bit late ...)
    "My boss expects me to be at work before 9"

    The second meaning of 'should' is:
    "I expect to be at work before 9" (If the traffic isn't too heavy, and nothing else prevents me, I should make it by 9).

    Another meaning is a moral obligation that you've placed upon yourself.
    "I've been late a few times recently. I really should be at work before 9"
    "I have a lot of work to catch up on. I should make sure I'm at work before 9"

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    Re: what's the diffrence

    The subtle differences in both English and any other language!

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    Re: what's the diffrence

    Thank you very much for all detailed explanations! You were of great help to me!

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