147 Comments on “Vocabulary – Using ‘must’ & ‘have to’ in English”

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Hi~ James.
There are lots of good lectures on this website.
This lecture is also good. A little bit short though. haha~
What about ‘Should’?
I think I know about ‘should’ and ‘have to’, but not exactly……
So, sometimes I’m confused.
There is no end learning English… haha~

If there is something wrong with my writing then correct me please~.

Then… I HAVE TO go.

Friday, November 14th 2008

    Well “should” is advice it is the right thing to do or the best thing to do.

    “Have to” is usually used when there is something telling us that it should be done…for example a rule.

    I hope this has helped.

    Saturday, January 10th 2009

      Thanks James where the test 🤗

      Monday, March 18th 2019

      Thanks for your valuable lessons James. You’re my favorite Teacher ever.

      Wednesday, May 1st 2019

Hi, James.
I’m one of your student, i do like the way that you teach us, please post some more video’s.

Sunday, November 16th 2008

Hello to James! And good morning on to you ass well!

:) :) :)

I would like to tell you that the English lesson was very helpfull and also tell you you are a very hansom man! But please gro your hair James! :)



btw, I am from Italy. I have not been in Cenada but I studied English in San Francisco in USA.

Thursday, December 11th 2008

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for the compliments… I have had students from Italy and I would love to visit the country some day.

    About the hair… hmmm let’s see what I can do… lol

    Wednesday, January 14th 2009

      I don’t think so, your hair is perfect! I mean, your bald is perfect.

      Tuesday, July 31st 2012

      that is right

      Monday, September 24th 2012

    hi karen how are you ??? this year i will came to San Francisco ))) good luck

    Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

    you can write somethink

    Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

Thank you, James English language wonderful

Monday, December 15th 2008

hallo how are you are you ok my daer i am happy you send me english ok my daer

Monday, December 15th 2008

Hi james.
How is it going?
Do you live in canada?May i ask u where do you live and if u teach in any class?
Thank you.

Wednesday, March 18th 2009

Can you teach me how to use “either” and “neither”? I am still confused up to this time in choosing between these words when I write or speak. One more question, is it a factor speaking spontaneuosly and with the right intonation during the exams?

Hoping for your reply, Thanks James

Sunday, April 19th 2009

    Hi james.

    Can you teach me how to use “whenever” and “wherever”? I am still confused up to this time in choosing between these words.

    Saturday, August 29th 2009

Hi James, How are you?
Your class was really excellent.
Could you please add an on-line exam about this topic like the others in engvid?

Sunday, September 13th 2009

teacher how can I learn english like nite english
techer please give me this answer immediately

Tuesday, October 13th 2009

hi teacher James..what’s up there? thanks for the lesson it’s very helpful and awesome. *thumbs up*

Tuesday, October 20th 2009

hi….. james …how r u ?

and i like the way u teach…… u hav pretty awesome hair style …buddy

bla bla bla…………

Saturday, November 28th 2009

Hi Mr, James.
I’m new over here.and this is my first lacture.and it was great first lesson.i want to speak very fluently could you please help me in my will very greatful for me if i could have a coopration of such a nice teacher.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009

Thank you very much for your website. I just found this site today and I will study all of your video every day.

Sunday, January 3rd 2010

hi james..
i watched your video about the difference and you gave things like “facts” and “something you believe in”
but in the end when you said “i have to go because i must cook dinner for my girlfriend” well you used must i i don’t know cooking is a fact or you believed in it…i’m sorry if i’m not clear about my question
please reply

Wednesday, January 6th 2010

Hello James

I’m souad I’m Algerian women who love learnig english
your way of teaching is great you’re excellent, thanks a lot for your courses.

Best Regads

Thursday, January 14th 2010

than’s you jamesssss

Thursday, February 18th 2010

hey, where is que QUESTIONS?? I want to practice my knolege.

Monday, March 1st 2010

hi! the way you instruct your students, using videos is really good. I’m hoping that i can immediately improve the way I speak English.

Bg from Philippines

Monday, May 31st 2010

Hi Mr.James
What book can I buy to study for a writing test?

Monday, June 7th 2010

Hi! I’m mexican and I’m learning English but a lot of topics are so dificult for me so I must improve my English and I think your English lesson are the best way to do it. Thanks

Friday, July 2nd 2010

i like the way you speak can you teach us the right pronounciations the accent of youre languange,, thank you,,more power

Thursday, August 12th 2010

hi there !my name is Nadia and i have found about you and your lessons for about two months and I must say you’re very good in what you’re doing .I need some help with an English problem for my exams,that is Ergative and unergative verbs.thank you very much .all the best to you all !

Monday, August 16th 2010

Hi, Mr. James.
I really love your lessons, they help me to learn smth new for me in English, smth which isn`t taught at school. It`s great!

Thursday, August 26th 2010

Hi James.
Thank you so much! I have got so many important lesson from your vidio. I want to down load and use for future, can you help me please.
Thank you inadvance for your cooperation!!!!!!!

Friday, August 27th 2010

Hello, James
Thanks a million.
thanks for being such a nice person.
for being so helpful. I am from Peru. I teach English for international tourism. it’s a technical English. I would like to finde a webpage specialized is teaching tourism. situations in a hotel, at the airport, in a bar, in a restaurant etc.
the videos are great.
just a question in which part I can find the icon for grammar.
I wish you all the best.
God bless you.

Tuesday, September 21st 2010

    We will try to create some lessons on English for tourism. I think a lot of people would benefit from that. Not sure what your second question is about exactly… are you looking for the grammar lessons on this site? If so, just go to the “TOPICS” section in the menu at the top, and select “GRAMMAR” there.

    Tuesday, September 21st 2010

i couldn’t get when you said “‘must’ is more stronger than ‘have to'”
my question is why?

Friday, September 24th 2010

How do u do James ?
I’m sorry, my English is not very well.
I’m very exited in learning English language.
Could u make a lesson abou when we use “will” and when we use “going to”. I would be very grateful.

Tuesday, November 30th 2010

A big hello James, how are you doing? i hope that u r fine What’s the weather like in Canada thank you so much your lessons help me a lot.

Sunday, February 27th 2011

hey, the site is really nice. Easy ergative lessons would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

Tuesday, March 8th 2011

thanks Jo . i want ask you if we use must to give a people an advice ?
bye bye now .

Tuesday, March 22nd 2011

Hi sir, thanks for this lesson

Saturday, March 26th 2011

Keep on making these video’s. They’re very useful!

Wednesday, April 13th 2011

hi sir…do you have a lesson about have had and has???? really confuse with that!!!thanks

Saturday, May 7th 2011

hi james haow are you i hop you are good i like your way how to teach english thank you very much you lesson its so wondeful and useful

Sunday, May 8th 2011

i would like to tell you are the best teacher ever!

Sunday, May 8th 2011

it has been a long time i wanna tell you the time to using PRESENT CONTINUES i mean
STOP TALKING. why we cant say STOP will be really great if you help me..

Sunday, May 8th 2011

thanks a lot dear sir

Saturday, May 14th 2011

hi james
i want aske you when i use should

Friday, June 10th 2011

Hi James..

thanks the way you teach us..
Cold please post a video on how to use Quite & wonder. have difficult on how to use this two word.

thank you

Monday, July 4th 2011

it’s first time to write this to u.
it website pretty useful! actually i watched rebecca’s video on youtube but this is first time click this website. i should have click here fast not today. thanks for giving this good video for free! yeahhh

Tuesday, August 23rd 2011

Hi, James. I’m not good in English, but i hope that with your help and help of i’ll improve my skills and knowledge. Tnx you a lot for your video lessons!

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

Sir, I have to ask u a question; do we have a past tense of ‘MUST’?

Sunday, September 25th 2011

very useful for me , Teacher , Thz..

Monday, September 26th 2011

i love all the teachers of this web who teach us with full vegour.khalid from pakistan

Thursday, October 6th 2011

i love all the teachers of this web who teach us with hard work.

Thursday, October 6th 2011

Thanks for the lesson. I’d like to see a lesson about word differences. About ones which are considered as synonyms but have some differences between ’em. For example: strange, odd, weird and bizarre. Or: dirty, filthy, muddy, messy. I know they mean the same thing but it has to be something different between them Well, you got the meaning. It’d be so cool, thanks!

Sunday, October 9th 2011

Thank you sir.It’s a nice video.

Sunday, October 16th 2011

James, My English so much weak and i am worried about, can you help?

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

I must to watch your video. is this right?

Tuesday, November 29th 2011

Oh gosh, now I know the different ways to use “must” and “have to”. HAHAHA. – That’s great!

Thank you so much ! I would like to ADVISE you that I’m sending this website to all of my friends here in Rio de Janeiro !!

Thanks a lot again !

Sunday, December 11th 2011

James you are really good teacher but i have some problem if i say that’s not fact = have to how can i say? and also must – belief please would like to tell me answer if you don’t mind??

Sunday, December 18th 2011

I am really learning. You are great teacher I’ve ever seen. It is not boring.

Thursday, January 5th 2012

what a weird thing, I think there’s something wrong with English lol. Why would facts be less incisive than emotions? I mean, based on this reasoning ‘have to’ should be more decisive since the most amazing things the mankind have ever done came from science, not belief and faith stuffs. Moreover, I miss your quiz James. But I really enjoyed your teaching, you’re the best =D take care…
oh, I almost forgot, is this place on the website indicates to suggestions? James has said in that video, it was supposed to be for remaining doubts.I dunno.

Thursday, January 5th 2012

i want to learn how to connecting between words i have to informe acomlete phrase

Friday, January 27th 2012

Your are good teach

Saturday, January 28th 2012

Thank You !

Wednesday, February 8th 2012

Hi james thank you soo much for teaching as english.this sit is very intresting pls do more vido.

Wednesday, February 15th 2012

u r toooooooooooo good teacher,your teaching method is too good n unique i love to watch n listen u r video

Monday, March 19th 2012

This lesson is not accurate. Must and have to have the same meaning to a different degree SOMETIMES. I must attend 80% of the classes to graduate – I have to attend 80% of the classes to graduate. Same meaning, different degree or feeling of obligation. Then must can break off and have a new use to show a belief or conclusion of something that we believe is true but for which there is no proof. You’re all wet – it MUST be raining (I conclude it’s raining even though I don’t see the rain) This is the model, must wearing two VERY DIFFERENT hats,and I think you’re lesson confused this point.

Wednesday, March 28th 2012

    You have whole why!

    Thursday, November 15th 2012

could you give a lesson on shall and will – when to use one and not the other?

Friday, April 6th 2012


Saturday, April 28th 2012


Saturday, April 28th 2012

Thanks :)

Saturday, April 28th 2012

Thanks you teacher!Have a nice day^^

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

do you have a video about conjunctions teacher?

Sunday, May 20th 2012

We MUST believe that you are the best teacher in the world ^^

Sunday, May 20th 2012

A pretty good explanation…!
thanks, James

Sunday, May 27th 2012

Thank you, Teacher! I liked the explanation about emotion fact.
Do you know why there is not a test to this video?

Thursday, June 7th 2012

Thank you very much for this English lesson. Wonderful English teacher.

Friday, June 8th 2012

Thanks master….But i think most people here also interested if you compare in next lesson with HAVE GOT TO…by the way thanks for lesson

Sunday, June 10th 2012

Great lesson James! Great teacher!

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

hi~ JAMES!

Thank you for your teaching.

I am not good at English. So I have to study hard.^^

I have to study to do well in English!^^

Thursday, July 5th 2012

thanks so much for helping us to make us feel strong to learn english quickly , what is urnext plan for helping us?

Wednesday, July 11th 2012

Hi James,
this is Riaz Noor from Kuwait, i saw video and i must say that you explain minor difference between “have to” and “Must” in very nice way, so now i understand and can use confidently in my daily life. once again thanks very much.

Wednesday, July 18th 2012

thanks a lot james… this video really helped me well… i like watch ur videos more to gain some knowledge how to talk fluent english…

Sunday, July 29th 2012

James you are hilarious and you are talented when it comes to simplifying the explanation of any lesson.

Tuesday, August 7th 2012


Thursday, September 6th 2012

H1 James
I’m one of your students. I need your help
can you help me ? have you got skype ? if you have it, give me it for speaking with you !! please

Friday, October 5th 2012

hi james…
could u help me with the different between miss, ms, mrs, and ma’am/madam..


Wednesday, October 10th 2012

good teacher.THANK YOU

Saturday, November 24th 2012

hi James , thx for the lessonit’s realy helpful but i have to ask you about should as eg ..;He told us that we should listen to him . or have to what’s the defferent could you explain it to me plz ;) thx again

Wednesday, December 5th 2012

Hi James.

This video helpful.
Btw, would you explain about the different of would, should, might, may, can, must?

Thank you

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

    Those are called “modals” and James has a lot of lessons on them! This lesson is a good place to start — check out Related Lessons for more.

    Sunday, December 23rd 2012

awsome lesson, thank you very much

Monday, December 31st 2012

Hi james, I’m from Sri Lanka which is in Indian Ocean. I’m learning English by following your videos. It’s so great and very helpful.You are one of very good presenter too.

Friday, January 11th 2013

Thank you teacher.

Saturday, January 26th 2013

Waw thanks very much!
You’re very cler and all your lessons are so helpful!
and you’re funny at the same time, so I just want to learn more and more, and watch all your videos

Ps: I really like what you do :]

Friday, February 1st 2013

Hello,Dear teacher “JAMES”
I study ‘Engineering Biomedical’ and i’m subscribe in cours of english conversation but i feel uncapable to speak free and i can’t improve my language . I’m well in french and spanich but i have difficult in english. please give me advices and solutions .Thank’s

Sunday, February 24th 2013

i’m really impressed the way you are teaching is just outstanding.

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

the video is too short .can u please give me some more examples ….

Wednesday, April 10th 2013

hi james when I use have to and should

thank you

Wednesday, April 24th 2013

Thanks James for the lesson but u r not doing any thing for my problem I’m waiting for ur answer

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

Watch one video per day. Thank you.

Monday, July 29th 2013

HiJame!How are you? I just want to say that you are agood teacher for me. You speak clearly so it easy to your student who not good in english like me. thanks for your teaching.
good luck teacher.:)

Tuesday, August 20th 2013

Thank you!

Saturday, August 24th 2013

Nice lesson James

Thursday, August 29th 2013

well done old boy, you´re the best. let me tell something about me. i am from argentina, i have studied english for a long time, but now i am getting better definitively. i guess that was for you all, you all are amazing. thank-u.

Friday, September 13th 2013

I really love your good mood, you’re and excellent teacher

Friday, September 27th 2013

Well done lesson James…thanks :)

Friday, November 1st 2013

What Happened with the exercise?

Wednesday, November 20th 2013

Thanks for the good lesson.

By the way, doesn’t it have any quizzes?

Friday, November 22nd 2013

Thank you for good leson share, it’s realy helpful.Thank you again all lessons…

Tuesday, February 11th 2014

Thank you, James. You make very interesting educational videos to watch. And you have a good sence of humor.

Monday, February 17th 2014

Hi james I^m green because I have been listener of yours classes for almost one year and I^m not a teacher but I think you made mistake I mean look at 0:28 word believe and 3:20 the same word but different belief so which is right maybe both are good I^m asking only. Maybe I made mistake who knows so I^m looking forward to replying from you. Thanks you for the best free lessons of english I have ever taken. Take care we will see on line bye

Thursday, March 6th 2014

Can you explain the differences between ppresent perfect and present perfect progressive ..
thanks for your help ..

Sunday, May 11th 2014


Friday, May 23rd 2014


Monday, November 3rd 2014

hey man
i think some of your classes need quiz like this. i enjoy that but if take some exam’s sometimes maybe you satisfy like me after quiz. thanks a lot.

Thursday, January 29th 2015

Now i knew ! Thank you it really helps me :)

Tuesday, May 26th 2015


Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

Thank you.

Saturday, June 20th 2015

Hi James!!! I really like your lessons, I want to thaks you for all your help. By the way you are very funny.

Sunday, June 21st 2015

Hi James,

I watched your video and then I’ve had an account.
You are a very good teacher. Take care yourself..

Monday, July 27th 2015

Thanks, how we make question use have to ?

Saturday, August 8th 2015

Mr.James please help me as i got confused when i tried to answer these questions.

1. I speak English well. I need it in my job.
2. I speak English well. I love it.
3. I get up at 5:00. I want to go fishing.
4. I get up at 5:00. I commute to work.
5. I wear a suit. It’s a formal party.
6. I wear a suit. I want to look good.
7. I follow the procedures. I don’t want to be wrong.
8. I follow the procedures. It’s my duty.
9. I earn money for the company.
10. I earn a lot of money. I want to buy a house.

Sunday, January 3rd 2016

Hi James,
I would like to ask you something.
1.I need to learn English. (If I want to say that is good for me, I will have benefits)
2.I must learn English. (Because my job requires that)
3.I have to learn English. (Because, I couldn’t speak with you)
Is that correct?

BTW, u r georgeous :)

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016

The explanation of difference between must and have to was very important to know, thanks.

Sunday, February 28th 2016


Friday, June 3rd 2016

Hello James,
I’m French and I’ve learnt my English thirty-eight years ago. What kind of advices could you give me to improve my skills in English ? I follow you and others teatchers every day on EngVid and I listen English programms on the TV set. But I never speak with anyone, can you tell me if it’s a problem ?
Thanks a lot for your answer and congratulations for this website, it’s fun to learn in this way.

Monday, August 1st 2016

    Hello Dorothee,
    I have the same situation so if you would like to have a word with me in English,feel free I’m on Skype and this is my Id Abad.Africa Imad
    See you there.

    Thursday, September 15th 2016

Thanks again teacher James from EngVid, I have just studied this lesson and I think that it’s a good idea to know the difference of these two modal verbs “Must” (I believe more personal) and “Have to” (I believe more general), but my doubt was: What would it be stronger than other? At the beginnig I thought it was “Have to” stronger than “Must”, but it doesn’t, against my opinion, “Must” is stronger than “Have to”, all that is very curious for me. Thanks a a lot.

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Without quiz :(

Saturday, January 14th 2017

Thanks !

Wednesday, February 1st 2017

Hi. Is here anyone who wants to improve her English skills? If yes then let me know please, we can practice together

Tuesday, February 14th 2017

hi James thank you for vedio
what different ” could ” and “should ” and must

Wednesday, February 22nd 2017

Thank you James

Monday, September 18th 2017

Thank you very much, James!

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018


Monday, January 29th 2018

now I understand that different between have and must very well.

Sunday, February 4th 2018


Thursday, June 14th 2018

thank you james :))))))))))))))

Thursday, August 2nd 2018

Thank you

Tuesday, November 27th 2018

You are nice, But i always prefer Rebecca.

Monday, December 10th 2018

Thanks James where the test 🤗

Monday, March 18th 2019

I have to finish my minithesis to graduate from university.

Monday, October 14th 2019

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