Hi Mike! I know this question has been asked before by someone else but I am still confused: (To stand in) Persepolis in modern Iran and look out, as Darius the First (must have done), at the immense (sweep of fields and mountains) is (to grasp) the vastness of the ancient Persian Empire. (No error)
When I looked in a grammar book that I had, I found out that “must” is in present tense and “had to” is the correct past tense. Since Darius the First clearly belongs to the past, I’m very confused.
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“Must” isn’t by itself here. The verb is “must have done,” which is definitely in the past tense.