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    #1

    should have/had to

    Are these sentences both correct and do they mean the same:

    1-I did what I should have done.
    2-I did what I had to do.

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    #2

    Re: should have/had to

    Not a teacher, nor a native.

    To me, there is a difference.
    I did what I should have done means that you did because it was right, or you think it was right.
    I did what I had to do means that it was strongly necessary for you to do it, probably you had no choise.

    I think this difference originates from the difference between 'should' and 'have to'.

    Regards, Alex.

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