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The PM is to give a speech



 
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The PM is to give a speech #1 (permalink) Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:10 am   The PM is to give a speech
 

Hi teachers

What is the difference between

The Prime Minister is to give speech tomorrow. and

The Prime Minister is going to give speech tomorrow.

What about The Prime Minister has to give speech tomorrow?

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Giving a speech #2 (permalink) Sat Jun 03, 2006 10:49 am   Giving a speech
 

Hi Lion,

Yo write three sentences:

Quote:
The Prime Minister is to give A speech tomorrow. and

The Prime Minister is going to give A speech tomorrow.

What about The Prime Minister has to give A speech tomorrow?

I have added the indefinite article 'a', which is needed here. There is a slight difference in the three cosnstructions:

is to is used when something has been planned or arranged beforehand
going to simply means has the intention of and is used as a way of expressing a future form
has to is an alternative to must

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Thanks, But... #3 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:48 am   Thanks, But...
 

Thanks Alan!

Thanks for your explanation, Alan, but does HAS TO in the sentence above is formally use or rarely use?

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Thanks, But... #4 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:02 am   Thanks, But...
 

Hi Lion

"Has to" is extremely standard. There's nothing terribly formal or informal about using have to. It's used in all kinds of speech and writing.

It simply indicates that you are required to do something.

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