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  1. Anonymous
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    Is this the right way to say this

    Something must had to be done????
    I'm trying to explain that something had to be done, but with an imperative


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    Re: Is this the right way to say this

    Quote Originally Posted by deo
    Something must had to be done????
    I'm trying to explain that something had to be done, but with an imperative
    Talking about some future action.

    Something must be done!

    Talking about some past action.

    Something had to be done!

    Iain

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    Dduck has it exactly right. (I recommend against using must had.)

    You could also say:

    • Something has to be done.


    Or:

    • Somebody's got to do something.


    Or (perhaps more emphatic):

    • Something has to be done. Now!


    :)

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    'Must' is followed by a bare infinitive, so 'must had' is, IMO, simply wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Must' is followed by a bare infinitive, so 'must had' is, IMO, simply wrong.
    That's why I recommend against using it.

    :wink:

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