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    #1

    had better

    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask about the use of "had better". Is it alright to use it this way?

    A student says to his teacher

    "Mr. Brown, you'd better take your umbrella with you. It's going to rain."

    Thank you!

    OP

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    Re: had better

    Yes, it is OK.

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    #3

    Re: had better

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask about the use of "had better". Is it alright to use it this way?

    A student says to his teacher

    "Mr. Brown, you'd better take your umbrella with you. It's going to rain."

    Thank you!

    OP
    (NOT a teacher) Yes, it is ALL RIGHT to use it that way. Here in the States, many native speakers even leave out the "had" in fast conversation: You better take your umbrella. (P.S. Please be careful when you use "had better." Sometimes it is a threat: You had better not bother me, or I'm going to hit you.)

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