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    Needn't and don't have to

    Hello!

    "Needn't" and "don't have to".
    Do they mean the same or they have a different meaning?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Needn't and don't have to

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    Hello!

    "Needn't" and "don't have to".
    Do they mean the same or they have a different meaning?

    Thanks in advance.
    They mean the same.

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    Re: Needn't and don't have to

    Yeap theyre pretty much the same.

    but check this;

    1) I didn't have to reserve a table.

    2) I needn't have reserved a table.

    The first doesn't tell me whether I actually reserved the table or not. It just tells me it wasn't necessary.

    However the second tells me that I definitely did reserve the table and it turns out that it wasn't necessary. I shouldn't have bothered.

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    Re: Needn't and don't have to

    Quote Originally Posted by Luizao View Post
    Yeap theyre pretty much the same.

    but check this;

    1) I didn't have to reserve a table.

    2) I needn't have reserved a table.

    The first doesn't tell me whether I actually reserved the table or not. It just tells me it wasn't necessary.

    However the second tells me that I definitely did reserve the table and it turns out that it wasn't necessary. I shouldn't have bothered.
    Hi, Luizao

    I am not surprised that you can point out the difference in your two sentences you have given above because they are not formed in the same tense: the first one is in the simple past while when the later is in the past perfect. Am I right?

    Thanks


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    Smile Re: Needn't and don't have to

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Hi, Luizao

    I am not surprised that you can point out the difference in your two sentences you have given above because they are not formed in the same tense: the first one is in the simple past while when the later is in the past perfect. Am I right? It's needn't (modal verb) + perfect infinitive

    Thanks


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