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    had better - warning?

    My grammar book says "had better" is something like warning that says if you don't do what the speaker says, you will disbenefit from not doing that, so you shouldn't use it to older people or seniors. Is it true? or flexible?

    ex)You had better not watch TV. You had better go there.

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    Re: had better - warning?

    It's generally just used to make a suggestion, give advice. Its fine to use older people if it is appropriate to give older people advice.

    With the right intonation, it can be threatening.

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    Re: had better - warning?

    But the suggestion is quite firm. If I'm suggesting a visit I might say 'Don't miss the Sistine Chapel' or 'Make sure you visit the Louvre'. If I said 'You'd better visit the Sistine Chapel' you'd think I was slightly deranged and ask if Nurse knew I was out of bed, or perhaps assume I'd been reading Dan Brown!

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    Re: had better - warning?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... assume I'd been reading Dan Brown!
    Who's Dan Brown?

    uh-oh. I'm not following my own advice to others - I'd better google the name.

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    Re: had better - warning?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Who's Dan Brown?

    uh-oh. I'm not following my own advice to others - I'd better google the name.
    What Google may not tell you is that his books often use big-name settings like the Louvre, which I thought made the reference quite neat.

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    Re: had better - warning?

    Not being a Brown fan, I missed that.

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    Re: had better - warning?

    I wouldn't like it thought that I'm a fan - I just have a tiresome inability to stop reading a book once I've started it.

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