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I know that I can say, "all you have to do is" but may I say, "all you had to do is" when you actually talk to someone at present tense, but you want to refer to the past event specifically?

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    I'd say "all you had to do was" – Centaurus Jul 12 '18 at 1:07
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    You can, but you'd be wrong. It's "was." You aren't saying what they have to do now but what they had to do back then, so "was" is what you need to say, not "is." – Billy Jul 12 '18 at 1:13
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You certainly “can” say any of these:

  1. All you have to do is take out the trash.
  2. All you had to do was take out the trash.
  3. All you had to do is take out the trash.

It’s easy to find examples of all three on the internet, in speech, and in print.

The first two use coordinated tenses that match, either both present or both past. No one in the world would emit the least complaint about either of those two.

The third one uses past in the first part and present in the second. People certainly do say things like this. And everyone will know what you mean; few would read into the third example as meaning something different from what the second meant.

A careful writer, or a careful copyeditor, might well change the third version back into the second so that the tenses match up.

But most people would neither notice nor care.

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