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    Angry Which is formal?

    I am confused with the following structures, that, which is formal

    sub + had better + verb + ext or, sub + would rather + verb + ext as for example:You had better stay here or, You would rather stay here.
    I had better go now or, I would rather go now.

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    Re: Which is formal?

    It's not a question of formality, but of meaning.

    I had better go = it is advisable for me to go; it would be better if I went.
    I would rather go = I prefer to go.

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