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    Red face What's the meaning of "go back" in this sentence? Thank you!

    Once you have a child at home, your job better be really good to go back because it is really hard to leave that kid at home.

    Does it mean "quit the job?"

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    Re: What's the meaning of "go back" in this sentence? Thank you!

    No. It means that when you have a child, you don't want to go back to work (after a period of maternity leave, for example). The temptation to simply stay at home with your child, looking after it and watching it grow up, is very great. If you are due to go back to a dull and boring job, then the temptation to stay at home will be almost irresistible. If, however, the job that is waiting for you is "really good", then you are more likely to return to that job instead of staying at home with your child.

    The piece assumes that you were working, stopped working temporarily in order to give birth and that you are now due to go back to that job.

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    Re: What's the meaning of "go back" in this sentence? Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by heyuting View Post
    Once you have a child at home, your job better be really good to go back because it is really hard to leave that kid at home.
    Note that while 'better' is sometimes used this way in informal conversation, the natural construction is 'had better'.

    ps (later) Having now read Barb's post, #4, I should add "in British English" to that sentence.
    Last edited by 5jj; 16-May-2012 at 15:19. Reason: ps added

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    Re: What's the meaning of "go back" in this sentence? Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Note that while 'better' is sometimes used this way in informal conversation, the natural construction is 'had better'.
    I think I found out that this was another American difference. I think we had a thread about this. "You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you way" are the lyrics here to Santa Clause is Coming to Town. No "had" or even "you'd" instead of "you." You better watch yourself, mister! This better be good! All common (and not necessarily informal, though the speech here is) in the US.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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