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    Had to turn those darn orders in, didn't you?

    "Had to turn those darn orders in, didn't you?" (Union soldier at Antietam says).

    What's the sense of this sentence?

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    Re: Had to turn those darn orders in, didn't you?

    Quote Originally Posted by LordOfTheRings View Post
    "Had to turn those darn orders in, didn't you?" (Union soldier at Antietam says).

    What's the sense of this sentence?

    Thank you.
    What do you think it means?

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    Re: Had to turn those darn orders in, didn't you?

    I'm trying to understand...

    Let's simplify it

    What's "To turn orders in" ?

    What's the meaning of sentences like "Had to go there, didn't you?" ?

    Why "Didn't you" not "Hadn't you" ?

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    Re: Had to turn those darn orders in, didn't you?

    Soldiers follow orders.

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    Re: Had to turn those darn orders in, didn't you?

    Quote Originally Posted by LordOfTheRings View Post
    What's the meaning of sentences like "Had to go there, didn't you?" ?

    Why "Didn't you" not "Hadn't you" ?
    You had to go there, didn't you: You did something I don't approve of.
    Often the "you" is omitted. Had to go there, didn't you? Had to say that, didn't you? Had to do that, didn't you?

    All express disapproval of an action that the other person did, or at least, it anticipates a negative outcome as a result. The other person didn't "have to," but the speaker is saying that other person felt compelled to do it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: Had to turn those darn orders in, didn't you?

    It's like saying "Why did you do it? You didn't have to do it." But in a more passive aggressive way.

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