You have to (do something)

This is a very straightforward way to give someone advice. You use this phrase when you definitely know more about something than the people who are listening:

A: I've never eaten that before. Do you eat it raw?

B: No, you have to cook it.

The bottom line is that you have to reduce your calorie intake to lose weight.

You can also use "You have to ___" when you're excited about something and you want to share it:

You have to try this! It's delicious!

If you use "You have to ___" to share an opinion, you might come across as rude. For example, don't use this phrase when giving friends advice about their relationships, job, etc.

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