“Had to say” vs. “said”

As described in the title, I want to know the difference between those expressions.


Let’s hear what he had to say about …


Let’s hear what he said about…

Thank you.


“Had to ” in the first sentence has nothing to do with modality in this context. “Had” is used as “possessed “.

Have you got anything to say?

The sentence means “Let’s hear what he prepared to say”, or “let’s hear his opinion”.
The second sentence refers to what he said.

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