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    reported speech

    One last question for today

    The doctor told me I must / have to / I had to stay for some additional tests.

    Again, you are supposed to circle the correct verb, but I think all three are possible. If I report it to another person three minutes after the doctor has told me yo stay, I would use "must" or "have to". If I reported this after the additional tests have been done, I would use "I had to". What would a native speaker say?

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    Re: reported speech

    In the right context, all three are possible.

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