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  1. #1
    waves is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Question confusion

    Wire Health & Science - Analysis: Vaccine-autism link unproven -

    This week, government officials said they have agreed to pay the Polings from a federal fund that compensates people injured by vaccines.

    (is the above sentence correct? I think "have agreed" should be changed to "had to")

    Today is my birthday. We had plans today.

    (the above is from another article. Why "had" is used instead of "have"?)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007

    Re: confusion

    In the first sentence "have agreed" is right and the sentence is correct. If you used "had to" it would mean they had no choice but to agree - even if this were true the officials wouldn't want to say that.

    As for your second sentence without context I cannot be certain, but the use of had here suggests that the plans have been changed for some reason.

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