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    #1

    had to be here yesterday

    Are these sentences correct:
    1-He had to be here yesterday but had an accident and couldn't make it.
    2-He should have been here yesterday but had an accident and couldn't make it.

    Does 2 have a tone of moral reproach (which would be out of place since it was not his fault that he had an accident).

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    #2

    Re: had to be here yesterday

    Only #2 is natural IMO. No, it doesn't "have a tone of moral reproach".

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    #3

    Re: had to be here yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Only #2 is natural IMO. No, it doesn't "have a tone of moral reproach".
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    Hi, bhaisahab.

    My parents had to work very hard yesterday so I'll go and see them tomorrow.

    Is this sentence correct? If so, how does it differ from navi's sentence (1)?
    How about "He was supposed to be here yesterday but he had an accident..."?
    Thanks a lot.
    WW

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    #4

    Re: had to be here yesterday

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    Hi, bhaisahab.

    My parents had to work very hard yesterday so I'll go and see them tomorrow. I can't see any logical connection between the two parts of the sentence. Why does the fact that your parents had to work very hard yesterday compel you to go to see them tomorrow?

    Is this sentence correct? If so, how does it differ from navi's sentence (1)?
    How about "He was supposed to be here yesterday but he had an accident..."? This is fine.
    Thanks a lot.
    WW
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    Re: had to be here yesterday

    Context.
    I’m worried about my son’s behaviour and I’d like to ask my parents for advice. Unfortunately, they had to work very hard yesterday (they went back home very late) and I was compelled to postpone my visit. So I’ll see them tomorrow.
    Do you see any logical connection now?
    Thank you again.
    WW

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    #6

    Re: had to be here yesterday

    The logical connection is there now, but we'd be far more likely to say, "They had to work (very) late'. In your original sentence, the connection was not clear, as bhaisahab noted.


    My parents had to work very late yesterday so I'll go and see them tomorrow. That is fine.

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    Thank you, Bhai and 5jj.
    I've been learning a lot with you all.
    WW

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