must

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must is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
must

Pronunciation[change]

  • (stressed) IPA: /mʌst/, SAMPA: /mVst/
  • (unstressed) IPA: /məs(t)/, SAMPA: /m@s(t)/
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Verb[change]

Simple present
must

Simple past
none

Negative
mustn't

  1. (modal) Must is usually used to tell someone they have no choice about doing something because it is important or because of a rule or law.
    She must get her medicine soon or she will die.