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    reported speech - had to

    I had to come here by bus.
    She said she had/ had had to come there by bus. Which one is correct?

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    Re: reported speech - had to

    As we have said in many direct vs indirect speech posts, it depends on how long ago the original sentence was uttered.

    9am, Sarah is at the airport and says to me "I had to come here by bus".
    9.01am - I am at the airport and I say to John "Sarah said she had to come here by bus".

    9am, Sarah is at the airport and says to me "I had to come here by bus".
    3.45pm two days later - I say to John "Sarah said she had had to get there/to the airport by bus".

    Note that unless you are still standing "here", you can't use "here" in the reported speech. It wouldn't make sense. Once you have left whatever location "here" is, you have to refer to it as "there" or by the name of the place.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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