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How do you express "I have to" in Japanese? ex. I have to eat/I have to go to the store, etc.

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    Hi, we have several way to say it. Usually it is translated 「〜しなければなりません(formal), / ~しなければならない(informal)」.

    Ex.) I have to eat
    (formal) たべなければなりません、たべなければいけません
    (informal) たべなければならない、たべなければいけない、たべなきゃならない、たべなきゃいけない
    *we also use たべなくては instead of たべなければ

    I have to go
    (formal) いかなければなりません、いかなければいけません
    (informal) いかなければならない、いかなければいけない、いかなきゃならない、いかなきゃいけない
    *いかなくては is also used.

    the negative ways to say them (you must not) are :
    たべてはいけません、たべてはいけない / いってはいけません、いってはいけない

    I hope you aren't confused and this was helpful.

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