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    Cool "had to" or "have had to"

    Hello,


    Thank you for reading my question and very much appreciated if
    anyone can offer a help.

    I am not a native English speaker, and I don't know which sentence is correct.


    I had to visit my relatives every two weeks past couple of months.

    I have had to visit my relatives every two weeks past couple of months.



    Right now, no need to visit relatives, but I had to before, so is this supposed to be a simple past tense?
    This is how I was thinking, but something is telling me it is not right. Or both these two are incorrect?

    Thank you!

    Boys in Blue

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    Re: "had to" or "have had to"

    If the past couple of months extends to the present time, then it's: I have had to visit my relatives every two weeks over the past couple of months.

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    Re: "had to" or "have had to"

    I see. If I no longer need to "visit relatives", then I guess it's "I had to", but I was
    feeling bit strange to say "I had to ~ every two weeks past couple of months."

    Thank you anyway, 5jj.

    Boys in Blue

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