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    English conjunction mood

    Hi all,
    again I have been faced with my unability how english grammar is to be used correctly, namely the "english conjunctive mood". I was going to discuss how light behaves if reflecting off a mirror. Within this debate I have written:

    "<...> Of course you are right, i better have written "...its velocity is always the same if it travels through one particular medium..." But as it does so if reflecting off a mirror as described i find its not worth mentioning <...>"

    Now, I am completely uncertain if one says: " <...> i better have written...<...>" rather then "<...>I would better have written...<...>" or if both of these expressions are wrong.

    Could anyone help me?
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    Re: English conjunction mood

    "I had better have written..."

    (We capitalize "English" in English. )

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    Re: English conjunction mood

    It would have been better if I had written
    It would have been better (for me) to write
    I should have written

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    Re: English conjunction mood

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    "I had better have written..."
    I think 'had better' can be used only for a recommendation for the future:

    You had better go now.
    You had better have a rest.

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    Re: English conjunction mood

    thanks a bunch for your replies.

    Have you an idea how these three grammar moods are said to be ?
    1.) It would have been better
    2.) I should have written
    3.) I had better have written...

    Thanks again
    Jan

    PS: What about "It would have been better if i had written ... " ?
    Last edited by janausrissen; 26-Jan-2011 at 22:21.

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    Re: English conjunction mood

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I think 'had better' can be used only for a recommendation for the future:

    You had better go now.
    You had better have a rest.
    I was once told it was OK here, but won't find the thread... I based my reply on this: A dictionary of modern English usage - Google Ksi

    Is it outdated?

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    Re: English conjunction mood

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I was once told it was OK here, but won't find the thread... I based my reply on this: A dictionary of modern English usage - Google Ksi

    Is it outdated?
    It is for me.

    Fowler was a little old-fashioned at times, and that work was published in 1926.

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