View Poll Results: You ____ do it.

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  • hadn't better

    395 16.78%
  • had better not

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Thread: Had better

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    #51

    Re: Had better

    BNC results:

    1 I HAD BETTER 68
    1 I BETTER 138
    Last edited by Tdol; 11-Dec-2006 at 04:16. Reason: deleting second figure


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    #52

    Re: Had better

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    BNC results:

    1 I HAD BETTER 68 0.68
    1 I BETTER 138 1.38
    What do those numbers mean, Tdol? Did you check <I'd better>

    If it's not too much trouble, could you run,

    You had better

    You'd better

    You better

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    #53

    Re: Had better

    I voted for option 2: had better not.
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    #54

    Re: Had better

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5 View Post
    I voted for option 2: had better not.
    Me too.


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    #55

    Lightbulb Re: Had better

    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


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    #56

    Re: Had better

    this is the correct form.

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    #57

    Re: Had better

    The American Heritage&#174; Book of English Usage. 1996. Page 18
    You had better not do that or You’d better not do that.

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    #58

    Re: Had better

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Does anyone really understand this structure? To be honest, it escapes me.
    You had better not do it = You`d better not do it = You better [in spoken English]not do it.

    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]

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    #59

    Re: Had better

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    No
    You'd better not do it. (present/future)
    You'd better not have done it. (past)
    Is this second sentence commonly used in spoken English? I think that English speakers prefer shouldn`t have done although there`s a slight difference [ if any?] between them.

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    #60

    Re: Had better

    Yes, it is used; it can convey more force than 'shouldn't'.

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