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    Jadoon 84 is offline Member
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    Default Had better

    You had better unplug the toaster before you clean it.

    Which one is correct as a past tense sentence?

    You should have unplugged the toaster before you clean it. or
    You should have unplugged the toaster before you cleaned it.

    with kind regards.

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    Default Re: Had better

    Cleaned.

    It was in the past.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 09-Oct-2012 at 07:37.

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    Default Re: Had better

    Quote Originally Posted by Jadoon 84 View Post
    5jj, Bhaisahab & Barb_D ????
    What about them?

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    Default Re: Had better

    Quote Originally Posted by Jadoon 84 View Post
    5jj, Bhaisahab & Barb_D ????
    They would say the same thing. Also, the way you challenged Martin is not polite- it suggests that his answer is worthless. Please do not do this again. They are not the only people capable of saying whether something was in the past or not.

    PS The should have sentence does not mean the same as
    You had better unplug the toaster before you clean it.


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    Default Re: Had better

    Respected All Cons.

    I heartily apologize for what that hurt you. Actually I was in hurry while posting the reply. I should not have replied and asked in such a awkward manner. Martin, 5JJ, Bhaisahab, Barb_D, HanibalII, Rover_E and Tdol please forgive me. Hope my apologies is accepted.

    Regards

    Jadoon

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    Default Re: Had better

    Thanks.

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