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    • Join Date: Jan 2008
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    #1

    didn't mean to

    hi


    I didn't mean to break it.

    can i use 'don't' or 'hadn't' in the above sentence

    does it change the meaning

    thanks


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,434
    #2

    Re: didn't mean to

    Quote Originally Posted by reenamma View Post
    hi


    I didn't mean to break it.

    can i use 'don't' or 'hadn't' in the above sentence

    does it change the meaning

    thanks
    I didn't mean to break it = past = I did not at that moment mean to break it

    I don't mean to break it = present = I do not at this moment mean to break it


    Hadn't has to be used with the past:

    I hadn't meant to break it = I had not intended to break it.

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