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    You had better watch your step

    I think you can replace "had better" with "should", right? What do you think is the nuance difference between the two? I think "had better" is more like warning, while "should" is an advice.

    75)You had better watch your step. The floor is slippery.

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    Re: You had better watch your step

    I agree with you.

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    Re: You had better watch your step

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I think you can replace "had better" with "should", right? What do you think is the nuance difference between the two? I think "had better" is more like warning, while "should" is an advice.

    75)You had better watch your step. The floor is slippery.
    I have a niggling feeling that "You had better" is a newer form, an alteration of "You would better," which is now almost defunct (they both abbreviate to "You'd better..."

    But that's only the suspicion of an amateur philologer.

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