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    had better and better

    Hi teachers,

    "I had better leave right away."
    "I better leave right away."


    Is there any differences in those two sentences? And which one is mostly used or natural?


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: had better and better

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Hi teachers,

    "I had better leave right away."
    "I better leave right away."


    Is there any differences in those two sentences? And which one is mostly used or natural?


    Thanks in advance.
    In AusE, 'I better' is probably more common. They mean the same thing.

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    Re: had better and better

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    #1 "My English professor recommended that I better take an intensive English program in an English country in order to gain a quick improvement of English."
    #1a "My English professor recommended I better take an intensive English program in an English country in order to gain a quick improvement of English."

    2# "My English professor recommended me to take an intensive English program in an English country to gain a quick improvement of English."
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In 1 and 1a I'd say '...I had better...'
    But Rover's answer made me feel confused. Could anyone please explain to me whether in what kind of context they are(had better/better) used separately? Is "had better" used with the past tense?

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    Re: had better and better

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    But Rover's answer made me feel confused. Could anyone please explain to me whether in what kind of context they are(had better/better) used separately? Is "had better" used with the past tense?
    In BrE, 'better' is quite common in informal speech, but only 'had better' (or 'd better) is considered correct in writing.

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