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    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    Which is better for the blank? I think B is correct, but why is A not?

    You ...................... it to her. Now, she will inform everyone about the secret party.
    A) needn't have told B) shouldn't have told

    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    Re: grammar

    You needn't have told her.
    Why? Because she knows already?
    If she knows already, and is a gossip, then she will inform everybody.( And might well have done so as soon as she found out.)
    OK -
    BUT - the "Now" implies that she will tell everybody because he told her something that she already knew (and didn't need to tell her anyway!) Why would that prompt her/cause her to tell about the party?
    If she knew already, she has probably told everybody already, long before the conversation in this piece of dialogue!

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