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Must — modal auxiliary

Must is a modal auxiliary verb that we use primarily to express obligation, deduction and strong recommendations. Let’s take a closer look at this modal auxiliary verb.

For expressing obligation 

  • They must do what is intended for the project.
  • Amy must not cross at a red light.
  • She mustn’t tell anyone about our secret!

For deducting or expressing what we believe to be certain

  • He arrived late to work. The boss must have been annoyed.
  • Spain gets really hot so it must be hard during the summer months.
  • Our company has increased its income by 20%, therefore, it must be going really strong.

For expressing strong advice, suggestions, or recommendations

  • Listen, you must listen to my friend because he knows what he’s talking about.
  • You must see the new bar that just opened, it’s amazing!
  • The food there is so delicious, you must go one day.
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The difference between must and have to

The modal auxiliary verb, must can be substituted for, have to with very little difference in meaning. Have to is only a little more formal than must.

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