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    Is the following conversation correct?

    Is the following conversation correct ?

    A: Can I go early?

    B: You better ask Nancy Ma'am. Do you have her phone number?


    I have doubt of the sentence" you better ask nancy madam". I have heard people saying you better ask...........

    So, can we use it the way it is mentioned above in our day to day conversation?

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    Re: Is the following conversation correct?

    B: You had better ask Nancy Ma'am. Do you have her phone number?

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    Re: Is the following conversation correct?

    I see...tks but I'm still not convinced. Using had means you are talking in the past tense and here B wants to say that it would be better that you go and ask Nancy. ( present tense)

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    Re: Is the following conversation correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roselin View Post
    I see...tks but I'm still not convinced. Using had means you are talking in the past tense and here B wants to say that it would be better that you go and ask Nancy. ( present tense)
    No, "had better" is a present tense subjunctive.
    Even so, I would say "You better ask ... " because that's what we say most commonly in Australia.

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    Re: Is the following conversation correct?

    In England you'd (you had) better is usual.

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