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English definition of “have”


modal verb     strong /hæv/ weak /həv/ /əv/
have (got) to do sth A2 to need to or be forced : I have to go to Manchester tomorrow on business . What time do you have to be there? Do we have to finish this today? We'll have to start keeping detailed records . Jackie's ill so they've had to change their plans .Duty, obligation and responsibility C2 used to say that something must be true : That total has to be right - I've checked it twice . Grammar:Have got to and have toHave got to and have to mean the same. Have got to is more informal. We use have (got) to here to refer to both verbs.Grammar:Have got to and have to: formsGrammar:Have got to and have to: meaningGrammar:Have got to and have to: tenseWhen future obligations and plans are already agreed, the present tense of have (got) to is preferred, rather than will have to:
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