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    had better + past tense?

    A friend of mine asked me some questions; and I already answered her. But she told me that her teacher insisted on different answers that I would never consider.
    Please help me to make out the problem.
    1. Choose the correct word to fill in the gap below
    She wrote a letter in answer ..... the advertisement she read last night.
    A: to B: on C: in D: under
    I am sure A is correct but her teacher confidently chose C

    2. Choose the sentence which has closest in meaning to the following one:
    Don't you think it's time we made our excuses and left?
    A: Hadn't we better made our excuses and left?
    B: Oughtn't we to make our excuses and left?
    C: You don't think it's time we made our excuses and left, do you?
    D: You think it's time we made our excuses and left, don't you?
    I am confused between C and D but I'd choose D while her teacher said the answer was A. But I've never seen a verb in past tense follow "had better". It must be "had better make" in anyway in my opinion.


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    Re: had better + past tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    A friend of mine asked me some questions; and I already answered her. But she told me that her teacher insisted on different answers that I would never consider.
    Please help me to make out the problem.
    1. Choose the correct word to fill in the gap below
    She wrote a letter in answer ..... the advertisement she read last night.
    A: to B: on C: in D: under
    I am sure A is correct but her teacher confidently chose C

    2. Choose the sentence which has closest in meaning to the following one:
    Don't you think it's time we made our excuses and left?
    A: Hadn't we better made our excuses and left?
    B: Oughtn't we to make our excuses and left?
    C: You don't think it's time we made our excuses and left, do you?
    D: You think it's time we made our excuses and left, don't you?
    I am confused between C and D but I'd choose D while her teacher said the answer was A. But I've never seen a verb in past tense follow "had better". It must be "had better make" in anyway in my opinion.
    1. A is OK, C is not.
    2. C is OK, D not: it causes mirth in me because it has a reverse rethoric to what is needed here. A is incorrect grammatically (...better MAKE ... and LEAVE).

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    Re: had better + past tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    1. A is OK, C is not.
    2. C is OK, D not: it causes mirth in me because it has a reverse rethoric to what is needed here.? A is incorrect grammatically (...better MAKE ... and LEAVE).

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