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Last edited by Tdol; 11-Dec-2006 at 04:16. Reason: deleting second figure
I voted for option 2: had better not.
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had better is a modal verb it looks like past but the meaning is present it is astrong advice and after had better not this is the correct one
this is the correct form.
The American Heritage® Book of English Usage. 1996. Page 18
You had better not do that or You’d better not do that.
This idiomatic expression might sound as a recommendation or as a warning:
You had better not do it.[or else you`ll get into trouble]
You had better not do it. [or else I`ll punish you]
Yes, it is used; it can convey more force than 'shouldn't'.