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    Does anyone really understand this structure? To be honest, it escapes me.

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    I wouldn't use had there. Some do, but it doesn't change the meaning.

    :)

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    In BE, the omission of 'had' would be regarded as an error by some. It is certainly colloquial here.

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    'd better not

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    'Had better' is used to say what is the best thing to do in a situation that's happening now.

    You'd better go home now or your girlfriend will leave you for ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuangpi
    'Had better' is used to say what is the best thing to do in a situation that's happening now.

    You'd better go home now or your girlfriend will leave you for ever.
    hey Tuangpi, U have had such an experience

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    Quote Originally Posted by silversea
    hey Tuangpi, U have had such an experience
    No! But it could happen, couldn't it?

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    Default Re: Had better

    for example: I had better to live now....

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    Isra, don't use 'to' after had better:
    It's better to live for the moment.
    You had better live for the moment.

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    Thank you for your help Tdol

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