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    #1

    "better stayed"

    "The movie was really very boring and I regret having gone to see it. I'd better stayed at home. "

    please, is this sentence ok?
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    Re: "better stayed"

    No, it's not OK.

    I should have (just) stayed home.
    It would have been better if I had stayed home.
    I would have done better to have just stayed home.

    Those are what come to mind.

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    #3

    Re: "better stayed"

    Quote Originally Posted by vivemafille View Post
    No, it's not OK.

    I should have (just) stayed home.
    It would have been better if I had stayed home.
    I would have done better to have just stayed home.

    Those are what come to mind.
    thanks.
    I wonder if, although it's not the best choice, it would be acceptable in a informal talk. my question is due the fact that there are many entries on Google for this expression.
    thanks.

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    Re: "better stayed"

    I saw 166 hits for it.

    It's certainly not correct in American English. It doesn't sound conversational to my ears - just wrong.

    I'd better stay home - used for future. It's going to snow and my car is terrible in the snow. I'd better stay home and not go out as I'd planned.

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    Re: "better stayed"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I saw 166 hits for it.

    It's certainly not correct in American English. It doesn't sound conversational to my ears - just wrong.

    I'd better stay home - used for future. It's going to snow and my car is terrible in the snow. I'd better stay home and not go out as I'd planned.
    Thanks a lot.
    By the way, is "I'd" the abreviation of "I would" or "I had"? One more question, please: can I simply say "I better stay home" instead of "I'd better ..." ?
    Thanks again.

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    Re: "better stayed"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    By the way, is "I'd" the abbreviation of "I would" or "I had"? One more question, please: can I simply say "I better stay home" instead of "I'd better ..." ?
    Thanks again.
    Both, and yes - it's rather informal, though, without the "'d".

    On the rogue Google hits, I wonder if they can be referring to an archaic usage. In Br English it used to be possible to say, for example, 'I had rather he stayed...' [=I'd prefer it if he stayed]; but this usage didn't last much after the time of Jane Austen.

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    #7

    Re: "better stayed"

    PS - archaic example of "better + <simple past>"

    ...So 'twas better
    Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
    [My emphasis, of course. ]

    Read more here Betty Botter Bought Some Better Butter - Mama Lisa's House of English Nursery Rhymes

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