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Old January 19, 2018, 03:35 PM
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I made this mistake many times, and probably I will make it again.

I try to avoid any ambiguity using "tienes que" instead of "debes".

"Tienes que aprender esto"
"Debes aprender esto"

To me, using "tienes que" is even more forceful than "debes"...

In this example, I would not use "Debes de aprender esto", but "deberías aprender esto".

"Tendríamos que aprender esta lección" would be like "Deberíamos aprender esta lección", but slightly more emphatic the first.

"Deberíamos de aprender esta lección", expresses just the desire.

And of course, an indicative mode would be way more emphatic:
"Tenemos que aprender esta lección"
"Debemos aprender esta lección"

"Debemos de ser miles, decenas de miles, los que nos equivocamos con esto en español... ;-)

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