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1. The children's mother had been looking after them, but since she passed awsy, their father has to take care of them.

2. The children's mother had been looking after them, but since she passed awsy, their father has had to take care of them.

Which sentence is correct? If both are, what is the difference in meaning between them?

Many thanks.

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Hi YL,

Others may have different views, but my sense is that with the use of the word "since" the past perfect reads more naturally.

The children's mother had been looking after them, but now that she is [gone/dead/passed away], their father has to take care of them.

(I see you wanted to express obligation. I kept trying to see "has been taking care of them" but that doesn't carry the sense of obligation.)
1. The children's mother had been looking after them, but since she passed away, their father has to take care of them.

2. The children's mother had been looking after them, but since she passed away, their father has had to take care of them.

Which sentence is correct? If both are, what is the difference in meaning between them?

Many thanks.

My apologies for posting again. I've corrected the spelling error in my earlier post.
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Don't worry, it was clearly a typo and didn't interfere with the understanding of the sentence. Do you not like my answers?
If you keep "since", I'd use "has had to take care of them", if he still does
Grammar GeekDon't worry, it was clearly a typo and didn't interfere with the understanding of the sentence. Do you not like my answers?
The children's mother had been looking after them, but now that she is [gone/dead/passed away], their father has to take care of them.

Your sentence allows only 'has' to be used. Of course, I like your answer.

I've been told by a native speaker friend that 'has had' should be used in my sentence.
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I agree with "since" the "has had" is better. I was trying to give you an alternative sentence in which you can use only "has."
Grammar GeekI agree with "since" the "has had" is better. I was trying to give you an alternative sentence in which you can use only "has."

I agree that your sentence is better, and I'll use your sentence.

Many thanks.

Hi,
am I the only one who doesn't like those sentences at all?
Without a good context, I don't see any reason to use the past perfect, especially in a sentence where the point of view is clearly "present".

The children's mother used to look after them, but since she passed away, now it's the father who has to take care of them.
(<-- I unserstand that "but since" as "but because of the fact that")
The children's mother used to look after them, and ever since she passed away, the father has been taking care of them instead.

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