have not read it yet, you definitely have to.

erroranalysis

Senior Member
German
One of my students wrote:

I have never read a book like this before. It is so great. If you have not read it yet, you definitely have to!

The last sentence sounds a bit strange. Or do you think it is all right?

My suggestion: You definitely have to read it if you have not done so yet!
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    "Have to" sounds a bit weak at the end of the sentence. It's not a mistake of course. In this context I think the emphatic and imperative "must" might be preferred. "You simply must read this book".
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Oh dear, I didn't realise I was being too British. Let me think again...how about this:

    - This book is sensational; I've never read anything like it before. You must read it.
    - Oh no, not another one. Do I have to?


    #Edit: Added "before" to the example sentence.
     
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