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87 [eighty-seven]

Past tense of modal verbs 1
87 [quatre-vingt-sept]

Passé des modaux 1
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We had to water the flowers.
We had to clean the apartment.
We had to wash the dishes.
 
Did you have to pay the bill?
Did you have to pay an entrance fee?
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Who had to say goodbye?
Who had to go home early?
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We did not want to stay long.
We did not want to drink anything.
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I just wanted to make a call.
I just wanted to call a taxi.
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I thought you wanted to call your wife.
I thought you wanted to call information.
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