Must vs Have To

Must/Have To, Most Not/Don’t Have To

Level: beginner


We use “Must” to express a stronger point of view. We talk about The modal must also express opinion, one person’s point of view.


Subject+Must+Verb 1st Form+Object

We use Must:


Must imply a personal obligation.

  1. He must work hard.
  2. We must stop at the red light.
  3. They must eat healthier.
  4. Children must not talk to strangers.
  5. I must not drink and drive.

Have To

The “Have To” indicates a necessity arising from external factors. Like, laws, rules, or someone else’s decision.


Subject+Have To+Verb 1st Form+Object

We use Have To:


Have To suggest an external requirement.

  1. We have to pay taxes.
  2. You have to say for yourself to him.
  3. He doesn’t have to make excuses for her.
  4. They don’t have to get up early on Sunday.
  5. She doesn’t have to live in the hotel.

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