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    as I didn't

    a. He had helped them as I hadn't.
    b. He helped them as I didn't.

    c. He had helped them, as I hadn't.
    d. He helped them, as I didn't.

    Do (a) and (b) mean 'He had helped/helped them in a way that I hadn't/didn't?

    Do (c) and (d) mean 'He had helped/helped them but I hadn't/didn't?

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    Re: as I didn't

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    a. He had helped them as I hadn't.
    b. He helped them as I didn't.

    c. He had helped them, as I hadn't.
    d. He helped them, as I didn't.

    Do (a) and (b) mean 'He had helped/helped them in a way that I hadn't/didn't?
    Yes.
    Do (c) and (d) mean 'He had helped/helped them but I hadn't/didn't?
    Yes.
    You'll find that such sentences are normally written less ambiguously.
    He helped them in a way that I couldn't.
    He helped them where I failed.
    Naturally, in speech, you can make sentences like yours mean various things depending on the intonation. They're best avoided in writing.

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    Re: as I didn't

    or because I didn't/hadn't.

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