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Hi teachers,
Does 'gotta' always mean 'necessity'?
E.g. I gotta (got to) go to the shop.

Thanks in advance.
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Gotta is a non-standard word meaning 'got to'.

But a lot of tweeters won't know that, so you'll also see

'I gotta headache'.
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Thinking Spaindoes it always mean necessity?
In one sense or another, it does relate to necessity. It is any of these:

I gotta. I've gotta. I have gotta. I have got to. I have to.

It may be a personal obligation:

I [gotta / have (got) to] be there by 10.

Or a logical necessity, i.e., a logical deduction:

I [gotta / have (got) to] be crazy to try something like this!

"gotta" is really "have got to" or "have to". It's never used in writing except to focus on the way a person pronounces "have got to", usually in dialog.

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CJ
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Hi Rover,
Thank you for you reply, but does it always mean necessity?

TS
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Hi Jim,
Thank you so much for your reply and thread.Emotion: smile

TS