- hafta (informal, nonstandard)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhæv.tuː/ (careful)
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈhæf.tu/ (careful)
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- (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈhæf.tə/ (relaxed pronunciation)
- Must; need to; to be required to. Indicates obligation.
2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
- Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame.
I just have to have that shirt; you have to wear a seat belt
- (with be) Must (logical conclusion).
that has to be the postman; it has to be an electrical fault
have to is always followed by a bare infinitive verb, unless the verb is assumed:
- I don't want to go to school, but I have to.
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