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I found the following sentence in a movie. Please someone explain or paraphrase the phrase "it had to be snow". The main reason that I wanted to ask this question is that I think there might be some grammar points that I haven't touched associated with this. Therefore, could someone please let me know the name of the grammar as well if it's possible.


Snow. It had to be snow. She couldn't have had tropical magic that covered the fjords in white sand and warm...

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dileepaSnow. It had to be snow.

It is a very common use of the modal verb "have to"

The same idea can be expressed with "must"

It must be snow.

e.g.

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If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it has to be a duck.

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dileepaPlease someone explain or paraphrase the phrase "it had to be snow".

Of all the bad luck that might have come my way, why did it have to be snow?

It's a statement of distress at being treated unfairly by the world at large — a reaction to bad news.

CJ

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Thank you very much for the answer. I thought that we could only use "have to" to talk about obligations or thing that have been imposed by rules. So, this is a bit new for me.

In a context like this, had to be expresses some form of disgust at the situation. It implies that the event is a piece of bad luck for you.

Here she feels that if she had been lucky she would have got warm tropical beaches, but instead she was unlucky and got snow.

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Thank you very much for the answer.

Thank you very much for the answer.

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