Lack of necessity a postetiori

Alexander

Kwiziq community member

27 September 2018

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Lack of necessity a postetiori

Hola))

What is a Spanish equivalent for needn't have (done)? 

This relates to:
Expressing obligation with tener que -

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

28 September 2018

28/09/18

Hi Alexander,

Could you give me a bit of context so I can be more accurate in my reply please?

Inma

Alexander

Kwiziq community member

28 September 2018

28/09/18

Hola Inma!

didn't need to (infinitive) & needn't have (past participle) are used to express the lack of necessity in the past, however

didn't need implies that the speaker didn't do something because he/she new that it was not necessary

needn't have means the speaker did something and then he/she knew that it had not been necessary

for example:

I didn't need to have an interview because I had worked there before

I needn't have cooked dinner. Just as it was ready, Chris and June phoned to say that they couldn't come to eat

(examples are taken from Advanced Grammar in Use by Martin Hewings)

How can I express it in Spanish?

Regards,

Alexander

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