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"Needn't" and "don't have to".
Do they mean the same or they have a different meaning?
Thanks in advance.
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.
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?
I am not an English teacher.