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Expressing obligation: Simple definitions and good examples

Expressing obligation

Obligation definition

  • According to the Cambridge Dictionary, obligation means the fact that you are obliged to do something.

Obligations definition

  • Obligations refer to the things that a person must do because of a rule, an agreement, or a law.

Saying what someone must do/Expressing obligation phrases

expressing obligation

  1. You absolutely must…….
  2. You really must…..
  3. You must….
  4. You have got to…..
  5. You have to…
  6. It’s my duty to……
  7. It’s compulsory to….
  8. I find myself forced to …..
  9. In order to….., you have to….
  10. You cannot …..without…..
  11. …….is a requirement of……
  12. You need to….

Expressing obligation examples

  • They cannot get into the country without a valid visa.
  • I was forced/obliged to borrow some money to pay for my studies.
  • You really must pay all your taxes by the end of this month.
  • Computer skills are compulsory for this job.
  • A Ph.D. is a requirement of this teaching position.

Enquiring if one is obliged to do something

  • Is it necessary to….
  • Do I need to…
  • Do I have to….
  • Have I got to……
  • Must I really….
  • Ought I to……
  • Must one……
  • Does one have to….
  • Am I supposed to…
  • Am I meant to…
  • Am I expected to…..

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