What is the meaning of the expression
(verb – have, had, had)
- it is necessary
- a conversational, or informal, way to say “must”
Note: follow HAVE TO with a base verb
1. “I have to leave soon,” she said to her friend.
2. She has to book her flight this evening.
3. Thanks for inviting me to go out after work, but I have to get home. We have some friends coming over for dinner this evening.
4. He had to take the afternoon off work so he could drive his son to the doctor.
In spoken English, not all words are pronounced with equal strength. Typically “to” is spoken quickly and quietly, with a weak vowel sound. This vowel sound is called schwa.
HAVE + TO are linked together. The “v” sound at the end of “have” is not strong.
When a native English speaker is talking quickly, HAVE TO may sound similar to HAF-te.