#GRAMMARTRIVIA: THE USE OF ‘MUST’ AND ‘HAVE TO’

Howdy, fellas! How’s everything going? I hope it’s going magnificent! :)

Anyway, today I’m going to talk about the use of ‘Must’ and ‘Have to’. Here we go! #GrammarTrivia

 

We use ‘MUST’ and ‘HAVE TO’ to say that it’s necessary to do something. #GrammarTrivia

 

Sometimes it doesn’t matter which you use: I ‘MUST’ go, or I ‘HAVE TO’ go. #GrammarTrivia

 

But there’s a difference between ‘MUST’ and ‘HAVE TO’ and sometimes this is important. #GrammarTrivia

 

‘MUST’ is personal. We use ‘MUST’ when we give our personal feelings. #GrammarTrivia

 

‘You MUST do something’ = ‘I (the speaker) say it is necessary’. See the following examples. #GrammarTrivia

(1) ‘She’s a nice person. You MUST meet her’. (the speaker says that it is necessary to meet that nice person). #GrammarTrivia

(2) ‘I haven’t phoned Ann for ages. I MUST phone her tonight.’ (the speaker says that it is necessary to phone Ann). #GrammarTrivia

 

Meanwhile, ‘HAVE TO’ is impersonal. We use ‘HAVE TO’ for facts, not for our personal feelings. #GrammarTrivia

‘You HAVE TO do something’ because of a rule or the situation. See the following examples. #GrammarTrivia
(1) ‘You can’t turn right here. You HAVE TO turn left’. (because of the traffic system) #GrammarTrivia

(2) ‘George can’t come out with us this evening. He HAS TO work’. (because of the situation) #GrammarTrivia

 

Do you get the idea, fellas? Now, try to compare the following two sentences. #GrammarTrivia

 

‘I MUST get up early tomorrow. There are a lot of things I want to do.’ #GrammarTrivia

‘I HAVE TO get up early tomorrow. I’m going away and my train leaves at 7.30’. #GrammarTrivia

 

How is it, fellas? It’s simple, isn’t it? So that’s how we should use ‘MUST’ and ‘HAVE TO’. I hope you understand. :) #GrammarTrivia

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Source: English Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press)

Compiled and written by @aditriasmara at @EnglishTips4U on June 9th, 2014.

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