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    Question He'd ???

    Could you please help me to understand which option is correct and why?

    He would better try harder, wouldn't he?
    or
    He had better try harder, hadn't he?


    Q32 -
    He'd better try harder, .......?

    wouldn't he
    hadn't he




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    Default Re: He'd ???

    Welcome to the forum, Yesanna.

    He would better try harder, wouldn't he?
    or
    He had better try harder, hadn't he?


    Q32 -
    He'd better try harder, .......?

    wouldn't he
    hadn't he



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    Question Re: He would better try harder, wouldn't he?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Welcome to the forum, Yesanna.

    He would better try harder, wouldn't he?
    or
    He had better try harder, hadn't he?


    Q32 -
    He'd better try harder, .......?

    wouldn't he
    hadn't he


    This was question in test practicing creation of Question Tags. For answer I chose: "H'd better try harder, wouldn't he?" but test rejected this answer... I don't understand what is the rule here? My guess is that "H'd better try harder" = "He would better try harder, wouldn't he?" therefore answer was correct. Help???

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    Default Re: He would better try harder, wouldn't he?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yesanna View Post
    My guess is that "H'd better try harder" = "He would better try harder, wouldn't he?" therefore answer was correct. Help???
    Your guess is wrong. The 'd in He'd better try harder is short for He had better try harder not He would better try harder.

    Click here to read more about 'had better'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Default Re: He would better try harder, wouldn't he?

    There is a phrase "had better." It means like "should."
    It won't take time to look this up in a dictionary.

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    Default Re: He would better try harder, wouldn't he?

    Thank you for your help. I got it now.

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    Default Re: He would better try harder, wouldn't he?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Default Re: He would better try harder, wouldn't he?

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: He would better try harder, wouldn't he?

    Your thanks are appreciated, Yesanna, but you don't need to send them in a separate post.

    We are all happy to accept a simple click on the Like button as your acknowledgement of our help.


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