I was wondering if there was a reply to his question below:
"didn't need to (infinitive) & needn't have (past participle) are used to express the lack of necessity in the past, ..."
I am copying here what I replied to Alex (the answer was on a different thread):
For the first one "I didn't need to have an interview" we would say:
It is very straight forward in this case.
However, for the second one "I needn't have cooked dinner" we would either say:
This way you get the meaning of something you did but it wasn't necessary in the end.
I hope this helps.
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