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We had [to go [to get a book]]. Preliminary point: most speakers treat stative "have" as a lexical verb, but some treat it as an auxiliary. The sentence consists of a main clause (the sentence as a whole) and two embedded subordinate clauses, as bracketed. "Have" is a catenative verb and the subordinate clause "to go to get a book" is its complement. ...


"Have to" is used in the sense of "must" to mean something is obligatory. "Must" is an auxiliary verb; but "have" is a main verb. e.g., I must do it. (Subject + auxiliary verb + main verb + object) = I have to to do it. (Subject + main verb + to-infinitive) I will have to do it (Subject + auxiliary verb + main verb + to-infinitive). "We had to go to ...


I think you may be confusing different uses of the same words. As clever as I am, I couldn't repair my car. This looks like an adverbial phrase meaning "Even though I am very clever" He is as clever as I am This looks like a complement. The words are the same, but the intonation would likely be different, with different stress.

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