(someone) has had to (do something)

Use this for something that you had to do in the past, and you still have to do it. In other words, use this to talk about an obligation that started in the past and has continued until the present. For example, if you lost your job and haven't found a new one yet, you can say:

I've had to cut back on my expenses and rely on my friends and family for help.

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