View Poll Results: You ____ do it.

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  • hadn't better

    395 16.78%
  • had better not

    1,782 75.70%
  • Either

    177 7.52%
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Thread: Had better

  1. matilda
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    #11

    Talking Re: Had better

    had better not

  2. matilda
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    #12

    Talking Re: Had better

    sorry, in voting, i made a mistake.
    i wanted to vote the second choice . in my opinion, b is correct, and a is incorrect

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    #13

    Re: Had better

    I use "you'd better" and "you'd better not" aaaaaaaalll the time. :)


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    #14

    Re: Had better

    shouldn't be "you had better not DONE it"????

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    #15

    Re: Had better

    No
    You'd better not do it. (present/future)
    You'd better not have done it. (past)

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    #16

    Re: Had better

    You hadn't better do it.
    This sentence is to check somebody whether he/she can make negative sentence with "had better" or not. I don't know whether this sentence is in present time or past time. Please tell me. Does this sentence show present tense or past tense?

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    Re: Had better

    (Technically, the "not" in "hadn't" should be after "better", but I'll ignore that for now.) It's present, because you're telling someone not to do something. Past tense (as in, telling someone they shouldn't have done something in the past) would be:
    You hadn't better not have done it.

    But that's a mouthful and no one would say that anyway; they would shorten it to:
    You better not have done it, or You had better not have done it.

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    #18

    Re: Had better

    COULD you give me a comprehensive explanation about the usage of the modal had better ? please

    in the light of my present knowledge , ı say b , had better.


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    #19

    Re: Had better

    you had better sleep early now.


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    #20

    Lightbulb Re: Had better

    thank you everyone

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