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Well, from my perspective..
I had a MTB laying around for years that I never rode too much. Due to some health concerns I started commuting to work on a fairly regular basis about 3.5 years ago. I bought a rode bike for the purpose and rode my MTB on the trails. I have commuted on the MTB in the past, with knobbies and slicks, but mostly the road bike was used for commuting. I used to do much longer rides on the weekends (road and mountain), but that took too much time from my family and I have really cut back on that. About 6 months ago I built a flat bar road bike, on a cross frame, for my son. Unfortunately he didn't ride it much, so he said I could ride it too work and if he needed to ride he's take my MTB.
To make a long story short, I've been commuting on that for the last few weeks and I have to say that it's my preference over my other bikes. If I had to do it over, I probably would have gotten the cross bike, or a flat-bar road bike for my purposes. I already had a MTB though, and I live in an area with great, year round, mountain biking.
You could probably get a 29er MTB and that might be a better bike for more things, but if you don't plan on riding trails, get the hybrid and ditch the suspension fork.
From my experience, the 29er MTB rolls over obstacles better, plus it's supposed to be better on the road. I was just talking to my buddy the other day and told him that if I had to have one bike, and one bike only, to do the riding I do, I'd build a 9er. I can ride it on the road easier, with CX tires, and I can ride it on the trail. I wouldn't want to do a 50 mile road ride on a 9er, but it's not out of the question.
YMMV, but that's my story..
If you get the MTB, make sure the fork has a lockout feature, it's great when you ride on the road.