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Gerald Erichsen

Using Deber

By December 10, 2012

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While the "must" in the sentence "You must study hard" is used to tell you what you should be doing, the "must" in "You must be kidding" suggests that a statement is most likely true. Those two meanings of "must" are similar to the two common meanings of deber. While this fairly common Spanish verb usually is used to refer to an obligation of some sort, it also can be used to state that something is quite likely.

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December 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(1) sfree says:

If I may share these (excerpted from Haugthon and Mifflin Spanish dictionary and from Concise Oxford Spanish dictionary:

deber as a noun can mean: 1)duty, 2)obligation, and 3) debt.

Also, deberes means homework

In its reflexive usage, deberse can mean 1) due to or caused by and 2) to have a personal bligation.

Interesting verb, I might say.

I hope this helps.

— A Student

December 11, 2012 at 9:25 am
(2) sfree says:

A typo: obligation, NOT bligation. My mistake.

— A Student

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