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    KEN JPN is offline Junior Member
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    Re: Is this answer really correct?

    >According to you answer " I had to hurry " this is a past perfect tense.

    I don't think so. No "perfect" is included there.
    In my understanding, Past Perfect is like:
    "I had been late"
    "had hurried"


    I had to hurry, or I would be late.
    To me, this sounds quite natural.
    This means the same as:
    There WAS a reason to hurry.
    Or else, I WAS going to be late.


    "I had to hurry" can be connected with
    1, or I would be late.
    2, or I would have been late.

    1 means:
    It was necessary for me to hurry so that I would not be late.

    2 means:
    I actually hurried, thus I was not late.


    Anyway, at leat, I think that I have already got a conclusion :
    The answer C was just a misprint.
    Among A, B, C, the only correct answer is A(must).

    Thank you, everyone.

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    Re: Is this answer really correct?

    A and B are the only grammatically correct answers, while A is the only grammatically and logically correct answer. C? No.

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    Re: Is this answer really correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by KEN JPN View Post
    Complete the sentence using the most appropriate word from below:

    I ( ) hurry or I'll be late.

    a. must
    b. mustn't
    c. had to


    This is a question from
    "Basic Grammar in Use with answers Self-study reference and practice for students of English Second Edition"
    (by Raymond Murphy with William R. Smalzer )

    According to that book, the answer is c (had to).
    Why "HAD(not "have") to" is good here?
    MUST sounds much better, I think.
    If the option is "have to", it will surely match here, though.
    Is this simply a misprint?

    NOT A TEACHER


    It's got to be an error, it can't be C. "Had to" makes no sense at all.

    According to the UK edition of this book, which is called Essential Grammar in Use (3rd edition), the correct answer is A.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 10-Oct-2012 at 14:48.

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    Re: Is this answer really correct?

    Just in case you want to blame this on the Americans, I think only "must" works here as well.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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