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    Default Had better/would rather/had rather

    Hey,

    You had better go now. = You should go now.
    I would rather you went. = I would prefer (if) you went.


    But can we say I/you had rather ... If so, in what meaning? Can you provide an example? Would it be up-to-date English?

    Do we have to use if in I would prefer (if) you went.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Had better/would rather/had rather

    Thank you, nice summary, however, it doesnt answer any of my questions. I know all the information there.

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    Default Re: Had better/would rather/had rather

    You often hear people say "I'd rather...", and since the contraction of "would" and "had" is the same it's difficult to know which word is being used.

    I would always write "would rather".

    In the past the other version was correct (Shakespeare used "had rather" at least once) but I think it's now archaic.

    Re: prefer

    I'd say "I would prefer that you went", or "I would prefer it if you went" -- but the first sentence is better.

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