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    simple tens question

    Hi

    what is the difference between the following two sentences :

    1. You had to come yesterday.

    2. You should have come yesterday.


    Thanks in advance

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    Re: simple tens question

    Quote Originally Posted by medoos View Post
    Hi

    what is the difference between the following two sentences :

    1. You had to come yesterday.

    2. You should have come yesterday.


    Thanks in advance
    Not a teacher.
    1. You had to come yesterday.
    Means: You were ordered to come yesterday. There is no information to know whether you had come or not.
    2. You should have come yesterday.
    Means: It is clear that you did not come yesterday.
    There is no information to say whether you had to come or not.


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    Re: simple tens question

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Not a teacher.
    1. You had to come yesterday.
    Means: You were ordered to come yesterday. There is no information to know whether you had come or not.
    2. You should have come yesterday.
    Means: It is clear that you did not come yesterday.
    There is no information to say whether you had to come or not.
    so both means that he didn't come and he knew about the party for example if it was a party,, right ?

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    Re: simple tens question

    Not a teacher,

    so both means that he didn't come: NO, only the last sentence mean that. One cannot say whether he came or not in the first one.

    and he knew about the party for example if it was a party,, right ? => maybe, but this information does not come from your two sentences but from your assumption.


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    Re: simple tens question

    only the last sentence mean that
    i think it is not true , as " You had to come yesterday " means he did not come ...
    is not that ???

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    Re: simple tens question

    Quote Originally Posted by medoos View Post
    i think it is not true , as " You had to come yesterday " means he did not come ...
    is not that ???
    I am not a teacher nor English native speaker.

    I have said my opinion which is able to be correct or need to be corrected.

    Just wait for a teacher.

    All the best.


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    Re: simple tens question

    thanks a lot hanky....
    when it is supposed that a teatcher will answer my question ???

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    Re: simple tens question

    Quote Originally Posted by medoos View Post
    thanks a lot hanky....
    when it is supposed that a teatcher will answer my question ???

    It is supposed to be not too long, just wait.

    by meantime you can go around forum and play games with us.


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    #9

    Re: simple tens question

    by meantime you can go around forum and play games with us.
    cool
    i will try to do that soon :)


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    Re: simple tens question

    why this post is not answerd by a teatcher till now ???

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