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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > MUST AND HAVE TO - I WOULD LIKE YOUR VIEWS    

MUST AND HAVE TO - I WOULD LIKE YOUR VIEWS



GIOVANNI
Canada

MUST AND HAVE TO - I WOULD LIKE YOUR VIEWS
 

I was always under the impression that when we put something on ourselves, we should use must.  eg.  I must study tomorrow.  I have an exam,  and when someone puts something on us we should use have to.  eg.  My husband says I have to buy some coffee.

I believe that must and have to are interchangable, but when?  Is it always or sometimes?   I understand must should be used as a deduction eg.  The lights are on, Tom must be home, and that in the past had is used.
 
 
As I have always gotten good advice from the members of this site, I would like your views on must and have to.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
 

15 Apr 2009      



Ivona
Serbia

It was discussed here:
http://www.eslprintables.com/forum/topic.asp?id=4135

15 Apr 2009     



mamamima
Zimbabwe

hi giovanni!

As far as I īm concerned MUST expresses moral or internal obligation, whereas HAVE TO is applied in the case of external obligation (ie concerning rules or regulations)
eg: I must work harder next time.
      Students have to wear their uniforms at school.
regards,
mamamima

15 Apr 2009     



Nebal
Lebanon

Hi Giovanni,

Here is a link which will make it clearer. Try it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv127.shtml

Hugs,
Nebal

15 Apr 2009     



GIOVANNI
Canada

Thanks for the replies.  They have been helpful.  It īs just that in Canada we use have to in spoken English a lot more than must.  Thanks for the links,they were very informative.

15 Apr 2009