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Life is a rollercoaster. Try to eat a light lunch.
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Verb

Infinitive
have to

Third person singular
has to

Simple past
had to

Past participle
had to

Present participle
having to

have to (third-person singular simple present has to, present participle having to, simple past and past participle had to)
  1. Must; need to; to be required to. Indicates obligation
    I just have to have that shirt.
    You have to wear a seat belt.
  2. (with be) Must (logical conclusion)
    That has to be the postman
    It has to be an electrical fault.

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Usage notes

have to is always followed by a bare infinitive verb, unless the verb is assumed:

I don't want to go to school, but I have to.

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