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"Had to turn those darn orders in, didn't you?" (Union soldier at Antietam says).
What's the sense of this sentence?
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" ?
Soldiers follow orders.
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.
It's like saying "Why did you do it? You didn't have to do it." But in a more passive aggressive way.