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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    Default Had to have been

    Is this sentence correct:
    "There had to have been a reason why she didn't want to talk to me, and I prayed it was because she was trying to protect Sachs."
    I think it has to be either "There had to be a reason ..." or "...why she hadn't wanted to talk to me".

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    Default Re: Had to have been

    "There had to have been a reason" is fine. It is similar in meaning to there must have been a reason. The speaker or writer is speculating on something that has already happened. (The verb tense is, I think, past perfect progressive.)

    Perhaps somebody else will offer an additional comment or two. In any case, that usage is perfectly fine.

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    The use of 'have been' implies that the reason may have lapsed since then.

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