Posted by Bob on December 24, 2002
In Reply to: 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.