What is the difference in nuance between "I should get going.", "I have to go." and "I've gotta go./ I gotta go."?
Answer from a Native speaker
Good question! "Should get going" means the same thing as "have to go" and "got to/gotta go" but it is slightly softer in tone and sometimes can also be used to indicate reluctance. It may be a bit abrupt to say "I have to go," so the speaker has probably used "I should get going" to soften the sentence. Ex: It's almost ten. I should get going soon. Ex: You should get going, I don't want you to miss your train.
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