Must and Have to, can be used to express obligations. Simply put: Must expresses a personal obligation while Have to an impersonal obligation or fact.
So, with this in mind:
- I must start writing my Christmas cards.
- I must go on the wagon for a few weeks because I want to drink like a fish during the festive period.
- I must check my bank balance to ensure that my credit card isn’t about to be confiscated.
- I must stockpile bottles of wine and tins of lager because drinking is the only way to cope with Christmas jingles.
- I must stockpile a lot of pain killers.
- I must find a new boyfriend who is keen on the concept of ‘part-time temporary’ dating. All this commitment is getting on my nerves.
- I must think of an unquestionable reason why I’ve decided not to spend Christmas with my family.
- I must remind myself not to go ice skating because this leads to broken bones.
- I must invent a cheap gadget to help my ass defy the law of gravity.
Gosh, I feel exhausted with all these obligations!
So, despite my inability and reluctance to turn on my cooker, I’ve decided to host a festive formal dinner party.
With this in mind, I need to be reminded about the right way of doing things; the things that I am not supposed to do, and the things that I should or ought to do.
I did check on the Internet but, holy smokes, people take this form of entertainment far too seriously! Seriously, it’s mental, there are even books written about it!
So, so far this is my list:
- You should check to see if any guests have a specific dietary requirement. SHOULD It’s a good thing to do.
- You ought not to invite a stripper for the evening’s entertainment. OUGHT NOT TO It’s not the right thing to do.
- You had better learn how to cook something because ordering a takeaway isn’t the right thing to do. HAD BETTER: It’s the best thing to do.
- You are not supposed to drink like a fish when you are the hostess. BE SUPPOSED TO. It’s not the right thing to do, but you probably will do it anyway.
So in a nutshell:
- Disinvite gluten-free people, lactose-free people, people allergic to nuts, meat eaters, fish eaters, teetotallers, people who blog about food.
- Cancel or postpone stripper.
- Throw away packaging so nobody knows I spent an arm and a leg at El Piano buying homemade vegetarian takeaway food.
- Pour vodka into water bottles.