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Have to or must?

Have to is your wife’s choice. Must is your choice.

A man is sitting under a target and has to wait.

I have to sit here, . . . and hope.

Use have to when it is necessary to do something, but it is not my choice to do it.
• My wife doesn’t like long hair, so I have to get mine cut.
(Wife’s decision)

Use must when it is necessary to do something, and it is my choice to do it.
• I hate long hair, so I must get my hair cut.
(My choice)

• You are not allowed to turn left here. You have to turn right.
(Road signs tell you, so it is not your choice)
• This cake is delicious. You must try some.
(My choice to say that you should try some)

Remember: Have to is wife’s choice. Must is my choice.
  • Exercise 1

    Remember: Have to is wife’s choice. Must is my choice.

    Which is better must or have to?

    Remember: Have to is wife’s choice. Must is my choice.

    Which is better must or have to?

    Exercise 2

    Which is better have to or must?

    Which is better have to or must?

  • Remember: Have to is wife’s choice. Must is my choice.

    This was not the plan. I must run faster, faster, faster . . .

     A lion must run faster because he is being chased by many buffalo.

  • Remember: Have to is wife’s choice. Must is my choice.

    I have to feed the cat.

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