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    need not have

    hi

    can anyone give me a context to teach the language item ' I need not have got up so early'...pls


    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by reenamma View Post
    hi

    can anyone give me a context to teach the language item ' I need not have got up so early'...pls


    thanks
    Imagine it's Saturday today. You got up early instead of having a long lie-in. You might have thought it was Friday, so in such a circumstance you can say, I needn't have got up so early (= it wasn't necessary for me to get up early, but I actually did get up early; and now you sort of regret it; we all know that you got up early)

    I didn't need to get up early. (we don't know whether or not you got up early)


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    Re: need not have

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Imagine it's Saturday today. You got up early instead of having a long lie-in. You might have thought it was Friday, so in such a circumstance you can say, I needn't have got up so early (= it wasn't necessary for me to get up early, but I actually did get up early; and now you sort of regret it; we all know that you got up early)

    I didn't need to get up early. (we don't know whether or not you got up early)

    I need not have got up so early - is correct
    Last edited by venkatasu; 03-May-2008 at 17:12.

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