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    should have....paid

    Sentence: I really should have my bills paid.

    1) I know "have" is correct but don’t know the explanation behind it. Why HAD cannot be used?

    2) Is the “paid” used here a simple past or past participle tense? What is the reason?

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    Re: should have....paid

    'Had' cannot be used because the bare infinitive should be used after 'should', which is a modal verb.
    'Paid' is the past participle here because people say 'have something done' but not 'have something did'.

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    Re: should have....paid

    Your sentence sounds a little unnatural to me without a time reference.

    I really should have my bills paid by now.

    If you are responsible for paying the bills, I would use "I really should have paid my bills [by now/yesterday/last week]."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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