Modal Mania: Janette, these are your personal obligations: You MUST

mustMust 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:

  1. I must start writing my Christmas cards.
  2. I must go on the wagon for a few weeks because I want to drink like a fish during the festive period.
  3. I must check my bank balance to ensure that my credit card isn’t about to be confiscated.
  4. I must stockpile bottles of wine and tins of lager because drinking is the only way to cope with Christmas jingles.
  5. I must stockpile a lot of pain killers.
  6. 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.
  7. I must think of an unquestionable reason why I’ve decided not to spend Christmas with my family.
  8. I must remind myself not to go ice skating because this leads to broken bones.
  9. I must invent a cheap gadget to help my ass defy the law of gravity.

Gosh, I feel exhausted with all these obligations!

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2 responses to “Modal Mania: Janette, these are your personal obligations: You MUST

  1. Hi, the first I must write without mistakes: I wanted to say “pamper”. On the other hand, I must do a wide list, too. For instance, I must study English very hard, I must improve my speaking skills; I must manage that my little son loves Philosophy, then he would be able to pass his exam in September.

    • Hi Juanabeach.
      Yes, your must-do list is as long as mine.
      Regarding encouraging your son to love philosophy, if I were in your shoes, I would try to connect philosophical concepts to the concrete things that are important to him now because it is well known that we are more likely to understand and remember things that we feel are relevant to our own lives. Wouldn´t you agree?

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