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    Needn'y or didn't need?

    Hi there,
    I wonder if anybody can help?
    What is the difference between:

    a) I didn't need to water the garden.

    b) I needn't have watered the garden.

    Many thanks

    Rachel.

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    Re: Needn'y or didn't need?

    Quote Originally Posted by specialgi View Post
    Hi there,
    I wonder if anybody can help?
    What is the difference between:

    a) I didn't need to water the garden.

    b) I needn't have watered the garden.

    Many thanks

    Rachel.
    a) I didn't need to water the garden.-It was not necessary, so I did not do it.
    b) I needn't have watered the garden.- I did it, although it was not necessary.

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    Re: Needn'y or didn't need?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    a) I didn't need to water the garden.-It was not necessary, so I did not do it.
    b) I needn't have watered the garden.- I did it, although it was not necessary.
    Very neat.

    b

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