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    need in this sentence ?

    I did an online test and I don't understand why this sentence is said to be correct


    There was plenty of time you need not have hurried. (why needed is not used here)

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    Re: need in this sentence ?

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    There was plenty of time; you need not have hurried.
    Now it's OK......NEED can function either as a modal, as in your sentence, or a lexical verb -

    You didn't need to hurry.

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    Re: need in this sentence ?

    Who said that said that sentence was correct? It should be

    'There was plenty of time; you need not have hurried.'

    'You need not have hurried' means 'You did not need to hurry'.

    Rover

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