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    rewording of a few sentences

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning the wording of the following sentences?

    1.1. I advise you to stay here for the night.
    1.2. You had better stay here for the night.

    2.1. Wouldn’t it be a good thing for us to see the doctor at once?
    2.2. Hadn’t we better see the doctor at once?

    3.1. You should not go out in that weather.
    3.2. You had better not go out in that weather.

    4.1. What do you think we should do?
    4.2. What had we better do?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: rewording of a few sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning the wording of the following sentences?

    1.1. I advise you to stay here for the night.
    1.2. You had better stay here for the night.

    2.1. Wouldnít it be a good thing for us to see the doctor at once?
    2.2. Hadnít we better see the doctor at once?

    3.1. You should not go out in that weather.
    3.2. You had better not go out in that weather.

    4.1. What do you think we should do?
    4.2. What had we better do?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Their meanings are equivalent. For speakers of AmE., the second examples have a slightly more more formal sound. As I read over them, I also realize that the speaker's intonation will have quite an effect on the perception of the listener, especially in numbers 1-3. They are advice or suggestions which can change meaning significantly, from kindly to menacing, depending on tone of voice.

    Petra

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