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    #1

    He had better have kept it quiet.

    I read it in one of the threads. EMS had written "he had better have kept it quiet." I am confused I mean I know we say "you had better do this" but with "present perfect". What does it mean? Could you please explain?

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    #2

    Re: He had better have kept it quiet.

    It means he should have kept it quiet.

    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: He had better have kept it quiet.

    tufguy, you can shorten emsr2d2's username to ems, but not EMS.

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