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The modal verb HAVE TO

The modal verb you need to have to be studied in close connection with the modal verb must. They both have a value of obligation or necessity. But if the modal verb must express the need to do something because of any personal ambitions, the modal verb have to be responsible for the action runs due to some circumstances. It turns out that someone has to do something (or he has) in connection with the situation, or under the influence of any circumstances.

Modal verb forms have to have all three temporal dimensions: the present (have / has to), past (had to) and the future (will have to). Negative and questions, in this case formed using the auxiliary verb do at the right time (do not have to-doesn’t have to / did not have to / will not have to).

To more clearly imagine the uses of the modal verb have to, as well as to detect the distinctive features of this verb (when compared to the must), let’s look at some examples that show the situation in which we use the modal verb have to:

I have to make a call before we leave. — I need to call before leaving.

When will you actually have to report? — When did you have to make a presentation?

Do I have to have another check-up, doctor? — Doctor, I need more time to get tested?

He had to raise his voice to be heard by the audience. — To the audience heard it, he had to speak louder.

Just think of the arrangements that have to be made. — Just think about all the preparations that we need to do.

The car broke down so I had to go by bus. — The car broke down and I had to get on the bus.

It has to be ready by the end of the week or you will not get paid. — This must be done by the end of the week, or you do not pay.

She bought a new car, and now she does not have to use a bus. — He bought a new car, and now she does not need to ride the bus.

Mr. Kollton is very rich. He does not have to earn his living. — Mr. Colton is very rich. He did not need to earn a living.

Most vegetables can be eaten raw. You do not have to cook them. — Many vegetables can be eaten raw. They do not even need to cook.

This topic is closely related to the other as described in the articles that need to pay attention:

  • «Modal verb MUST»
  • «The modal verb NEED»
  • «Should, must or have to — a modal verb to choose? »
  • «The modal verb TO BE TO»
  • «The modal verb SHALL (SHOULD)»

After reading them, we recommend to pass the following test: «Test # 2 on the use of modal verbs in the English language.»



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