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    Question How she felt

    when I say "she needn't have got up early"

    How did the person feel?

    I mentioned she was tired, but teacher said it was not the proper answer.

    any help?

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    Re: How she felt

    Hi and welcome to Using English.

    I don't really understand.

    You were told "She needn't have gotten up early" and then asked "How does she feel?"

    Your answer was "She is tired." Is that right?

    That seems an okay answer. She may also have been annoyed that she got up early when there was no need to.
    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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    Re: How she felt

    Hi

    well I did creat a context where I mentioned that she waited for an hour afterwards, so she was tired and annoyed..
    that made the trick after to create some concept questions such as...

    How did she feel? Tired
    Was she happy? No.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: How she felt

    Quote Originally Posted by riverplate View Post
    when I say "she needn't have got up early"

    How did the person feel?

    I mentioned she was tired, but teacher said it was not the proper answer.

    any help?
    Like Barb, I was a little confused too. Not by your suggested answer but by the question you were originally asked. The statement "She needn't have got up early" actually gives you no hint as to how she feels.

    Again, like Barb, the only suggestion I would have is that she might have been annoyed/irritated by the fact that she had got up early unnecessarily.

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    Re: How she felt

    Nothing to do with the original question, but I find that increasingly I prefer "has/have/had gotten" to "has/have/had got".

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    Re: How she felt

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Nothing to do with the original question, but I find that increasingly I prefer "has/have/had gotten" to "has/have/had got".
    Really? I'm still from the old school where (no offence intended) I see "gotten" as an entirely American invention and it sets my teeth on edge whenever I see or hear it!

    Edit - sorry, I should have pointed out that I realise that "gotten" exists in BrE (ill-gotten gains etc) but it's when it's used as a direct replacement for "got" as a verb that I don't like it.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-May-2010 at 19:39. Reason: Extra info

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    Re: How she felt

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Really? I'm still from the old school where (no offence intended) I see "gotten" as an entirely American invention and it sets my teeth on edge whenever I see or hear it!

    Edit - sorry, I should have pointed out that I realise that "gotten" exists in BrE (ill-gotten gains etc) but it's when it's used as a direct replacement for "got" as a verb that I don't like it.
    It's not an American invention, it's 17th century English which Americans have kept and we have discarded.

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    Re: How she felt

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Nothing to do with the original question, but I find that increasingly I prefer "has/have/had gotten" to "has/have/had got".
    It makes sense to use "I've gotten" for the present perfect if you use "I've got" for present tense "I have" - or if you live in a community where "I've got" is typically used as present tense.

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