The past of must

Oros

Senior Member
Korean
I must do circuit training today..


Yo tengo que hacer peso hoy en gimnnasio.

I hope my Spanish translation is fine.
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How do you translate the following? For the best of my knowledge, the English word 'must' is translated into Spanish as 'tengo que'.

Of course there may exist some other words too.


I had to do circuit training yesterday.
 
  • Outsider

    Senior Member
    Portuguese (Portugal)
    Oros said:
    How do you translate the following? For the best of my knowledge, the English word 'must' is translated into Spanish as 'tengo que'.

    Of course there may exist some other words too.


    I had to do circuit training yesterday.
    (Yo) tenía que hacer peso (pesos?) en el gimnasio ayer.

    P.S. You're in the wrong forum. Let's hope the moderators put your thread in the right place...
     

    rockbovia

    Member
    Mexican Spanish
    In English the past tense of must, would be translated as had to. Well in Spanish is the same:

    I must do some weights at the gym = Debo de hacer pesas en el gimnasio
    I had to do some weights at the gym = Tuve que hacer pesas en el gimnasio

    Keep in mind that these are EXAMPLES not the only ways possible.
     

    silvermoon

    Senior Member
    Mexico, Spanish
    I had to do circuit training yesterday.

    Tuve que hacer "circuit training" (sorry, I don't know what that is) ayer.

    Or

    Ayer tuve que hacer "circuit training".
     

    charmedboi82

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Oros said:
    How do you translate the following? For the best of my knowledge, the English word 'must' is translated into Spanish as 'tengo que'.

    Of course there may exist some other words too.


    I had to do circuit training yesterday.
    Grammatically speaking, 'must' is already in the past tense.

    I must work out today. I have to work out today.

    [There is no 'must' option in the past.] I had to work out today.

    Ayer tuve que levantar/hacer pesas (en el gimnasio).

    Para alguien que sepa mas espanol que yo y que pueda traducir mejor la idea de 'circuit training', 'circuit training' es como un circuito/cadena de ejercicios que uno hace en orden fija y con poco tiempo entre cada ejercicios.
     

    Mita

    Senior Member
    Chile - Español
    The literal translations would be:
    I must do circuit training today = Debo hacer "circuit training"(I don't know how to translate that) hoy/Hoy debo hacer "circuit training".
    I have to do circuit training today = Tengo que hacer "circuit training" hoy/Hoy tengo que hacer "circuit training".
    I had to do circuit training yesterday = Tuve que hacer "circuit training" ayer/Ayer tuve que hacer "circuit training".

    Must = deber (yo debo, tú debes, él/ella debe, nosotros debemos, ustedes deben)
    To have to do something = Tener que hacer algo.
    I hope that helps :)

    Note: In Spanish, we have two "deber": Deber = shows obligation ---> Must
    Deber = (money, etc.) ---> To owe
     
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