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      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
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      • Iran

    • Join Date: Aug 2012
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    #1

    Should have+ PP VS had to

    Hello!

    In this formula: Should/ought to+ have+ PP, the verb has not actually been fulfilled. For e.g. in this sentence, I should/ought to have called my nephew yesterday. It means that I did not call my nephew yesterday, but for me as a native speaker of Persian the following sentence has the
    same meaning as the previous one (maybe it is negative language interference):I had to call my nephew yesterday.

    To put it in a nutshell, are these two sentences the same or they differ with one another. If they are not the same, so what is the difference between them?

    I should/ought to have called my nephew yesterday.
    I had to call my nephew yesterday.

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    #2

    Re: Should have+ PP VS had to

    I should/ought to have called my nephew yesterday (but I didn't).

    I had to call my nephew yesterday (and I did).

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