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    Use of English. Used to have / Be

    Hi,
    Could you, please, give me your opinion in the next exercise:

    The given sentence: The park used to have a playground for children.
    The task: use "BE" and two to five words including the "BE" to express the same meaning of the origninal frase, do not change BE.
    The form fixed: In the park ... a playground for children.


    I wrote: In the park HAD HAD TO BE a playground for children.

    Is it ok, to use past perfect here, or I ought to write just HAD TO BE?

    Thank you. Denis.

    (FCE. Gold Coursebook, Jan Bell. Amanda Tomas. p.142)

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    Re: Use of English. Used to have / Be

    Welcome to the forums, denismurs. Neither "had had to be" nor "had to be" fit in that context.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: Use of English. Used to have / Be

    Here's a hint, denismur. The task does not say that you must not use 'used to'.

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    Re: Use of English. Used to have / Be

    In there park there used to be a playground for children.

    That's right?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 23-Oct-2015 at 09:40. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: Use of English. Used to have / Be

    It would be if the second word were 'the'.

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    Re: Use of English. Used to have / Be

    Ok. many thanks,


    I stayed in subway writting the answer and I mistook with the second word. Now I'm at a library and I see it should be "the" as it's written in the original exercise.


    thank you all for your answers))

    Denis

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