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Table of contents Chapter 20 20.2 shall and must


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Chapter 20: Modal verbs (Auxiliaries)

  20.2 shall and must
One of the most interesting topic within the modal verbs are the verbs shall and must. Shall and must seem to be quite simple and easy as long as you do not think too much about it. There is the issue of being polite or rude and then there is the common use of shall as a future form etc. The point here is it's better to understand the differences before we can explain how they are used in Spanish. Therefore, we start to think a little bit about the English use of shall and must. What does it actually mean and when these modal verbs are used?

In general, one could say that the use is in quite a similar way, but we'll go all the way step by step.

  shall and must

deber= shall
tener que = to have to, must


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