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Re: Must have to

Posted by Bob on December 24, 2002

In Reply to: Re: Must have to posted by R. Berg on December 24, 2002

: : : Hi!

: : : I wonder why there are two models which sound similari the following sentence. Are there some different functions between these two words?

: : : "If you want to know what Aerosmith albums, you must have to be a real fan?"

: : : Thank you for your teaching.

: : : Tom

: : I don't understand the sentence. A variation:

: : If you want to enjoy Aerosmith albums, you have to be a real fan.

: : If you want to know what Aerosmith albums mean, you have to be a real fan.

: : Leave out "must."

: This conversation is possible:

: A. "I found some Aerosmith albums at a garage sale."
: B. "What Aerosmith albums?" (That is, which ones?)
: A. "If you want to know what Aerosmith albums, you must have to be a real fan." (That is, you wouldn't care which ones I found unless you were a real fan.)

: If the conversation goes like that, speaker A should leave out either "must" or "have to."

"You must be a real fan" and "You have to be a real fan" are identical in meaning.