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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

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    #71

    Re: Had better

    I think there's just a spelling problem.
    The correct structure includes had:
    I'd better go now. You'd better hurry.
    However, we often don't pronounce the 'd - as we don't pronounce t or d in many other cases:
    mustn't, I can't bear/stand/go..., mind the gap, etc.
    Sometime you can really hear that slight difference between I'd better and I better but it's such a small thing that it can easily get lost. Still, it shouldn't be left out in writing



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    #72

    Re: Had better

    "had better" is what [some] grammarians call a modal idiom. It means "should."

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    #73

    Re: Had better

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Does anyone really understand this structure? To be honest, it escapes me.
    Had better refers to present or future time, and gives advice about how to stop something going wrong.

    I think you'd better leave now. (Before it is too late)
    You'd better not drive. (It might be dangerous)


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    #74

    Re: Had better

    'Cause we say - You had better do it, so, i think it will be you had better NOT do it. You had not better do it looks a bit sensless to me................

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    #75

    Re: Had better

    had better not

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    #76

    Re: Had better

    Quote Originally Posted by gabber View Post
    "had better" is what [some] grammarians call a modal idiom. It means "should."
    That's interesting. I though it didn't fit in with any grammatical pattern, even though the meaning is clear.

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