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    direct speech tenses

    Greetings, Sir/Mdm

    I have some queries pertaining to the following sentence:

    - "I don't know why she lie/lies to you this afternoon. She must have had a reason," Sue remarked.


    1) I don't know which is correct: lie or lies?

    2) I don't understand the grammatical rule for having to use "......must have had.....".
    - what is the implication if i omit HAD from "have had"

    Thank you for your help!

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    Re: direct speech tenses

    1) Neither is correct. The action took place in the past, so what do you think the correct word should be?

    2) Omitting 'had' would change the tense to the present.

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    Re: direct speech tenses

    1) "I don't know why she lied to you this afternoon. She must have had a reason," Sue remarked. -- Is this correct?

    2) Can I rephrase it as - "I don't know why she had lied to you this afternoon. She must had had a reason,"Sue remarked.
    - "had had" after "must" seems wrong, but I am unsure.


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    Re: direct speech tenses

    1) is correct.

    2) is wrong. There's no reason for the past perfect 'had lied' and 'must have' never changes to 'must had'.

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