What Is Their Main Difference?
The main difference between 'have to' and 'have got to' is that 'have got to' is more informal than 'have to.'
'Have to' is a semi-modal verb (also known as semi-modals). Semi-modals function similarly to modals. They sometimes act like modals and sometimes act like a main verb. It is used to express necessities, obligations, certainty, etc. For instance:
Have got to
'Have got to' functions similarly to 'have to.' It is used when you are saying that something is necessary. This is specially used in British English. Have a look:
Talking about Obligation
We use 'have to' and 'have got to' to talk about obligations and necessities. Obligations are what needs to be done and if not fulfilled might lead to penalty and punishment. For instance:
On the other hand, 'have got to' is used only in the present tense:
In this form, we place 'have to' and 'have got to' before the main verb. Take a look at the following examples:
The negative form of 'have to' and 'have got to' is created through the pattern illustrated below:
- do/did/does + not + have to
To ask questions with 'have to' and 'have got to,' we follow the pattern shown below:
You might also like
Must vs. Have To
'Must' and 'have to' express different levels of obligations. In this lesson, we will learn more about them and when to use each of them.
Must vs. Need
'Must' and 'need' are confused by learners as they express different levels of necessities. In this lesson, we will learn all about them.
Have To vs. Need To
'Have to' and 'need to' may confuse learners as they convey the same meaning in negative form. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.
Have To vs. Get To
'Have to' and 'get to' are used to talk about obligations and opportunities respectively. In this lesson, we will learn all about them.
Have To vs. Ought To
'Have to' and 'ought to' may cause confusion as they both express obligations. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.