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    I had better much more drastic measures had been taken

    Hi,
    Here is one of the sentences considered correct by the evaluation committee of Police Academy, 2010.
    Is this sentence correct?

    "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."
    The second part of this compound sentence seems weird to me. In my opinion there should have been used would rather instead of had better.

    Is the idiom of late correctly used? Does it mean lately or recently?
    Could you help me with this, please?
    Thank you so much in advance,
    Teia

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    Re: I had better much more drastic measures had been taken

    "I had better much more drastic measures had been taken" is incorrect. You're right that "I would rather that much more ..." would be better, or it could have been written as "It would have been better if much more ...".

    "of late" is used correctly. It means "recently" or "lately" - they mean the same thing.

    Please note that I have changed your thread title. Titles should include some/all of the words/phrases you are querying.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I had better much more drastic measures had been taken

    You're (mostly) right. They should have written would rather that.

    Of late means "lately" or "recently". These two words are synonyms.
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    Re: I had better much more drastic measures had been taken

    Hi emsr2d2,
    Thank you for your kind and quick reply.

    I am sorry for having made that mistake related to the thread title. It won`t happen again or, at least, I will try to be more careful in choosing a correct title.
    Last edited by Teia; 28-Jul-2016 at 21:42.

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    Re: I had better much more drastic measures had been taken

    Hi GoesStation,
    Thank you for your quick answer.
    Is this expression of late common? I mean, is it more common than lately? Do native speakers use it frequently?

    Thank you !

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    Re: I had better much more drastic measures had been taken

    It's a little out-of-date but almost everyone would understand it. I would recommend that you stick to "lately" or "recently" in your own writing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I had better much more drastic measures had been taken

    Thank you, emsr2d2 !
    I will surely follow your advice. I have always used lately or recently but never "of late"'; it seems a little formal to me.

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