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  1. Newbie
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    Had better

    I knew that "had better" must be used with bare infinitive.The following example it's a bit of a problem for me:
    Even though the police have fined the drivers who have exceeded speed limit of late, I had better
    much more drastic measures had been taken.

    Can someone enlighten me?

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    Re: Had better

    Quote Originally Posted by cnistor View Post
    I knew that "had better" must be used with bare infinitive.The following example it's a bit of a problem for me:
    Even though the police have fined the drivers who have exceeded speed limit of late, I had better
    much more drastic measures had been taken.

    Can someone enlighten me?
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    While talking about yourself, about what you think that is desirable or advisable in a particular situation, you're right in thinking that you need a bare infinitive after 'd better. And it seems strange to me too that such use, with a different subject in the other clause (much more drastic measures) should be used by someone writing that text. I would have thought that it's not the same as 'd rather, where it's absolutely okay to write so.

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    Re: Had better

    Quote Originally Posted by cnistor View Post
    Even though the police have fined the drivers who have exceeded the speed limit of late, I had better much more drastic measures had been taken.
    The underlined part is simply not correct English. Either use I'd rather', as engee suggested, or:

    The police would have done better to take much more drastic measures

    It would have been better if the police had taken ...

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    #4

    Re: Had better

    Thanks.I came across this exercise in one of my books,and it seems they aren't that perfect.

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