The Need to Learn by Doing

A student recently asked about the differences between need to, have to, and must. Sometimes an explanation clarifies such doubts, but often one learns much better through practice with some feedback. If you’d like short sets of tasks to study differences in structure and meaning, check out my Need to.Have to.Must_handout. Key points include: – Need to expresses what…

What’s a Must When Teaching “Must” and “Have To”?

At the request of a fellow teacher, I’m going to review and expand on a posting I shared about one year ago titled Teaching Modal Verbs: Function, Strength, and Formality. This time around, I’d like to focus specifically on must and the modal-like expression have to. Points to cover when teaching must and have to:…