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    #1

    That has to have been

    Hello,

    have to certainty

    2. That has to have been the right restaurant. There were no other restaurants on the street.

    I have come across this sentence on http://www.englishpage.com/modals/haveto.html. If the sentence is correct, I would like to ask why we cannot use 'that had to have been . . . '' or ''that had to be . . . '' instead of ''that has to have been . . .'' in that sentence.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: That has to have been

    While it is grammatically correct, I don't find the use of "has to have been" very natural. I would use "must have been".

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    #3

    Re: That has to have been

    I'd be happy with "That must have been ...", "That has to have been ..." and "That's got to have been ...". I use all of them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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