Use of "have got to" & "must" in a question

Discussion in 'English Only' started by kooper, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. kooper New Member

    Taipei, Taiwan
    Chinese - Traditional
    A grammar book I have been reading lately says it's rare to use "have got to" or "must" in a question. Use "have to" instead to make a question.

    But I could find several sentences starting with "Must I ...?" "What have you got to...?" or "When has someone got to...?" through Google. So I'm a bit confused... Is what the grammar book says a fair statement?
  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    English - South-East England
    You will find all three - they're all perfectly good grammar. But 'Do I have to?' is much more common than the other two. 'Must I?' sounds rather old-fashioned too, or more formal.
  3. Bevj

    Bevj Allegra Moderata

    Girona, Spain
    English (U.K.)
    I don't think it's rare.

    I've got to go the bank this morning.
    Have you got to go now?
    Must I go now?
    Must you go now?

    All sound fine to me.
  4. kooper New Member

    Taipei, Taiwan
    Chinese - Traditional
    Hi entangledbank and Beji,

    Thank you very much for clearing up my confusion. ^ ^

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