What does “have got to be” mean?

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Have + infinite and have got + infinitive have similar meanings. These sentence structures are used to express certainty, obligation or necessity.

For example:

  • You have to be quiet, the children are sleeping.
  • You have got to be quiet, the children are sleeping.

 

  • I have to repair the sink in the guest bathroom.
  • I have got to repair the sink in the guest bathroom.

 

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  • She has to collect the birthday cake before the party.
  • She has got to collect the birthday cake before the party.

 

We use the structure have got + infinitive in more informal or colloquial situations. Whereas the structure got + infinitive is used more formal situations.

 

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