"have to" Vs "am to

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"have to" Vs "am to

Post by moazzam » Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:01 pm

Hello, friends.
What's the difference between "am to" and "have to"?
(Note that both are used for obligation)

Examples:
I am to go home
I have to go home

Members are requested to help me clarify the difference between these two.
Thanks in advance.

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Re: "have to" Vs "am to

Post by Tukanja » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:22 pm

The "am to" could be a restriction of the "have to" on the first person singular.

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Re: "have to" Vs "am to

Post by reindeer » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:25 pm

Excuse me? May I ask you to explain your explanation?

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Re: "have to" Vs "am to

Post by Tukanja » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:01 pm

I am to go
You are to go
We are to go
You are to go
They are to go

I have to go
You have to go
We have to go
You have to go
They have to go

Could be a slight difference in meaning between "am to" and "have to" but as far as I'm concerned, more or less, both mean the same.

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Re: "have to" Vs "am to

Post by reindeer » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:56 pm

You didn't answer to my question, did you? I mean, I I vaguely guess how to use those verbs, but the meaning of your previous post remains unclear to me :~:

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Re: "have to" Vs "am to

Post by Tukanja » Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:02 am

"am to" could be a passive voice of "have to" and "must".

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Post by reindeer » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:12 am

?? :~: ?? :-? ??? :shock: ??

Look, 'I was told that...' and 'she was seen at...' are examples of passive voice. aren't they?
What is passive voice of have to and must?

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Re: "have to" Vs "am to

Post by Tukanja » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:56 pm

I have to go. (obligation) In this sentence, "I"is the subject.
I must go. (to fulfil sth) In this sentence, "I" is the subject as well.

I am to go. In this sentence, "I am" is the object. I am the one who either must, have to, should or will go.

Yes, the verb "to be" is required when it comes to the passive voice.
In your "I have been told" you used the present perfect tense of the verb "to be".
In " I am to go", "am" is the indefinite/simple present form of the verb "to be".

Who's to go?
I am.

Who's to go?
Me.

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Re: "have to" Vs "am to

Post by reindeer » Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:35 am

Tukanja wrote:I have to go. (obligation) In this sentence, "I"is the subject.
I must go. (to fulfil sth) In this sentence, "I" is the subject as well...
Who's to go? I am.
Who's to go? Me.
No no no, Tucanja! Please stay here. Without your proficient consultations the forum will slip down into the abyss of ignorance and dyslexia.
I is the subject to go!
I is going to think over the obtained information.

Jokes aside, the subject is really too difficult for me. I am like that driver who hasn't idea how parts of the engine interact under the bonnet of his car, and yet he can drive the car.
Thank you for your help.
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Re: "have to" Vs "am to

Post by sanjaySinha » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:20 am

Hello all,
According to me "am to" used for just telling your emotions and "have to" used to explaining you compulsion.
Means you don't want to do but you have to do that task.
Example: Your boss said to you, You have to complete this program before leaving office.

On the other hand, when you telling something then you use "am to".
Example: you say to another guy, I am to go home. (you just telling him, not request and not telling by compulsion)

Hope it helps.
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Re: "have to" Vs "am to

Post by Joe » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:00 pm

“Am to” is used in more formal and official situations. In the army you might receive an instruction like:
You are to report to the Commanding Officer at 09:00.

“Have to” is less formal and more subjective:
I have to visit my mother in hospital this afternoon.

They are both about obligation.

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