needn’t have + PAST PARTICPLE

In the English Grammar Profile, C1 point 205 in MODALITY is defined as:

PAST, NEGATIVE: ‘needn’t have’ + ‘-ed

It means that somebody did something, but it was not necessary.


Here are two examples:

You needn’t have come so far, Asgardian.

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Well, we needn’t have worried.


A search in iWeb:

need n’t have _VVN

1 NEED N’T HAVE WORRIED 895
2 NEED N’T HAVE BOTHERED 117
3 NEED N’T HAVE FEARED 15
4 NEED N’T HAVE HAPPENED 11
5 NEED N’T HAVE LOOKED 9
6 NEED N’T HAVE FRETTED 9
7 NEED N’T HAVE DIED 7
8 NEED N’T HAVE TAKEN 7
9 NEED N’T HAVE SPENT 6
10 NEED N’T HAVE GONE 6

*we can see this is a very rare structure.

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