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    Thumbs up Had better/Should

    Generally had used in past situation but when we use better with it then it changes its meanings like
    A: Are you going out tonight?
    B: I had better not. I have got a lot of work to do.
    And some times had better used when we warn somebody that they must do something:
    You had better be on time.Then why we don't use should instead of had better in these cases.
    When we say:I had better go to the bank now, why we don't use should that's very convenient in use.
    Is should & had better have same meaning?
    I am so confuse in their meanings please help me.Thank you

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    Re: Had better/Should


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    Re: Had better/Should

    Quote Originally Posted by zainab shah View Post
    Generally had used in past situation but when we use better with it then it changes its meanings like
    A: Are you going out tonight?
    B: I had better not. I have got a lot of work to do.
    And some times had better used when we warn somebody that they must do something:
    You had better be on time.Then why we don't use should instead of had better in these cases.
    When we say:I had better go to the bank now, why we don't use should that's very convenient in use.
    Is should & had better have same meaning?
    I am so confuse in their meanings please help me.Thank you
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Zainab.

    (1) Corum has given you an excellent link.

    (2) I just want to suggest that learners probably should not use

    "had better" until they really understand English.

    (a) "had better" is sometimes very strong. Sometimes it is like a

    threat:

    Tom: You had better shut your mouth.

    Joe: If I don't shut my mouth, what are you going to do about it?

    Do you want to fight?

    (3) Also, please remember that many native speakers drop the

    "had" in speech:

    Wow! It's late. I better hurry to school. = I had better/must/have to

    ***** Thank you *****

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    Re: Had better/Should

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Zainab.

    (1) Corum has given you an excellent link.

    (2) I just want to suggest that learners probably should not use

    "had better" until they really understand English.

    (a) "had better" is sometimes very strong. Sometimes it is like a

    threat:

    Tom: You had better shut your mouth.

    Joe: If I don't shut my mouth, what are you going to do about it?

    Do you want to fight?

    (3) Also, please remember that many native speakers drop the

    "had" in speech:

    Wow! It's late. I better hurry to school. = I had better/must/have to

    ***** Thank you *****
    Thank you so much for giving me your advise.

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