1. We are the best team that Konoha village has to offer.

In this, though I know it did not, I get a feeling like Konoha village has to offer them and they don't have a choice.It could say Konoha village can offer.I mean, does the sentence seem like the team is to be offered by the village on a condition?


  1. This is the money which I have to offer.

  2. I have to do it.

  3. He put the conditions to which she has to agree.

In these sentences, the has/have to brings a bit feeling of enforcement.She has to agree, she has no choice.She can agree, she has a choice.

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    The use of "to have" in the first block and the second block is completely different. The second implies need, the first implies possession. I think it's confusing because of the ambiguity. Block 2: "I have to offer this to the gods" Block 1: "This is what I have to offer". For "This is what I have to offer," you can only differentiate based on context whether you mean "this is what I need to offer" or "this is the thing that I possess that I can offer".
    – Tyress
    Jul 26, 2016 at 5:23
  • The expression have to offer has a special meaning: collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/…
    – JavaLatte
    Jul 26, 2016 at 6:05

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The best X (that) Y has to offer.

is a commonly used construction in which has indicates possession, not obligation.

For example, this article

The Best Food San Francisco Has to Offer

It lists great places to eat in San Francisco (in the author's opinion). The first entry is Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers, where the author says you can find great burgers. enter image description here Looks good!

I believe 3 and 4 suggest obligation. 2 seems ambiguous to me. You intended it to express obligation, but I read it as

I have this (amount of) money. I am capable of offering it.

For instance, if someone asks for a donation for a foundation on the side of the street, one might reply with 2.

So, I believe 1 is intended to suggest possession, not obligation. In other words, among all the teams in Konoha, that team is the best one and Konoha can offer it (if needed).

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