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    Had to have done

    "I had to have taken an umbrella with me when still at home then as it seemed to rain". Here is my sentence, does it have same meaning as "should have done"? Please also explain the meaning of this sentence. It doesn't make any sense to me.

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    Re: Had to have done

    It doesn't make sense to you because it doesn't make sense.
    Perhaps you mean: "I should have taken an umbrella with me when I left home as it looked like rain."
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    Re: Had to have done

    "I should have taken an umbrella with me because it looked like it was going to rain". (You didn't take an umbrella.)
    "I had to take an umbrella with me because it looked like it was going to rain." (You took an umbrella.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Had to have done

    Thank you, but you didn't tell me anything about "had to have done".

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    Re: Had to have done

    As Barb told you the last time you posted the question:

    'There is no point in asking a question when you don't have a use for it and you don't know when you might ever want to use it.'

    We have spent enough time on this pointless exercise. I'm closing the thread.

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