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    #1

    Better and had better

    Hi eveybody! I'd like to ask a question to the English teachers: could you tell me if these two sentences mean the same thing or if there's something doesn't sound well? (Did I write this question correctly?)

    A: I better get going because it's too late!
    B: I had better get going because it's too late!

    I think the first sentence is more American English and second one is more British English...is it right?

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    Re: Better and had better

    When it is "too late" it is too late to go. Leaving at this point doesn't make things better. You get grounded when you come home

    Better would be:

    I better get going because it's late already!

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    Re: Better and had better

    It's common for (AmE) speakers to leave out "had". Click here: § 29. had better. 1. Grammar. The American Heritage Book of English Usage. 1996

    AmE (American English)

    All the best.

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