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    Default Verb tense for a clause including infinitive

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I'm wondering which verb tense is used in this passive voice clause 'I had to rewrite the piece because the reporting was filled with sinkholes.' Well, 'had' is indicating past perfect in this phrase in my understanding, 'had to' is pointing to passive voice and 'to rewrite' is an infinitive. Therefore, I can't really understand what verb tense the 'had to rewrite' is belong, if any? If not what grammar structure is it?

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    Tanya

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    Default Re: Verb tense for a clause including infinitive

    Welcome to the forum, Tanya.

    'I had to rewrite' is neither passive nor past perfect. We have the simple past of 'I have to rewrite'. 'I had to rewrite' means that it was necessary/obligatory for me to rewrite.
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    Default Re: Verb tense for a clause including infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaTa View Post
    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I'm wondering which verb tense is used in this passive voice clause 'I had to rewrite the piece because the reporting was filled with sinkholes.' Well, 'had' is indicating past perfect in this phrase in my understanding, 'had to' is pointing to passive voice and 'to rewrite' is an infinitive. Therefore, I can't really understand what verb tense the 'had to rewrite' is belong, if any? If not what grammar structure is it?

    Best regards,

    Tanya
    It's past tense. "Had to" is the past tense of "have to", meaning 'must.'
    If it was past perfect, it would be "I had rewritten" (If it's past perfect, where is the past participle?).
    "Had to" is no sign of a passive voice. "I had to rewrite the piece." (Active) "The piece had to be rewritten" (Passive).

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