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    #1

    Better to

    How can use "better to" in simple present tense?

    I would better to sleep.

    (I want to say I have got to sleep)



    Can you please explain using "better to" with "would" and "should"

    I tried to learn but I couldn't understand.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Sep-2015 at 22:28. Reason: Changing 'I gotta' to 'I have got to'.

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    #2

    Re: Better to

    I think you're looking for "I'd better go to bed."
    I'd = I had.
    Have a look here:
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/gram...mar/had-better

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    #3

    Re: Better to

    ... or probably 'It would be better for me to go to bed'.

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    #4

    Re: Better to

    Please note my edit to post #1.

    We don't allow non-standard words like 'gotta', 'wanna' etc.

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    #5

    Re: Better to

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Please note my edit to post #1.

    We don't allow non-standard words like 'gotta', 'wanna' etc.
    I understand but I think you use these words in your real life and we come across them in films. So we want to learn.

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    #6

    Re: Better to

    Quote Originally Posted by say hello View Post
    I understand but I think you use these words in your real life and we come across them in films. So we want to learn.
    Some people do indeed use these forms in conversation, and we are happy to discuss them. However, they are still not acceptable in all but very informal writing. As many learners come to this forum to learn the standard language, that's what we ask people to use, unless they are specifically asking about the non-standard forms.

    With so mamy people today tweetng, texting, blogging, visiting chatrooms etc, these forms may become standard in the written form one day, but it hasn't happened yet.

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    Re: Better to

    I understand but I think you use these words in your real life ...
    That's right, but this is not real life — it's a formal teaching and learning forum where only correct English is acceptable, unless you are quoting somebody's colloquial speech.

    EDIT: Cross-posted with Piscean, who put it better than I did.

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    Re: Better to

    Quote Originally Posted by say hello View Post
    I understand but I think you use these words in your real life and we come across them in films. So we want to learn.
    Part of learning them is to learn when to use them. They're fine in most speech and in things like chat. However, people in forums generally prefer writing that doesn't make heavy use of such forms. It does make the forum easier to read for everyone, especially as posts can often be longer than most chat messages.

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