mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest
needn't have taken, didn't have to take Options
Write Edge
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 3:34:05 AM

Rank: Newbie

Joined: 1/12/2021
Posts: 33
Neurons: 175
Location: Singapore, Singapore
we .......... our umbrellas to England. it didn't rain at all.

1) needn't have taken 2) didn't have to take 3) must take (4 had to take

could someone help me please with the correct answer?
FounDit
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 12:14:05 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/19/2011
Posts: 15,996
Neurons: 76,374
Write Edge wrote:
we .......... our umbrellas to England. it didn't rain at all.

1) needn't have taken 2) didn't have to take 3) must take (4 had to take

could someone help me please with the correct answer?


1) and 2) are both correct.

"We needn't have taken" means we did not need, or we had no need. This one is more formal and perhaps more common in British English.

"didn't" says the same thing, "we did not need" to take our umbrellas. This one is less formal and perhaps more common in American English.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 4:57:29 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/21/2009
Posts: 44,082
Neurons: 625,759
Location: Helsinki, Southern Finland Province, Finland
A bit on nuance:

1) We took our umbrellas with us, but after all we had no use to them...

2) There was no urge or force to have us to take the umbrellas with us.
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.