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    Hi, i'm Shahnoza Norkobilova. I want to know about a phrase "Had better do..." I can't form its interrogative form
    . Can somebody explain this structure? Thanks forbefore.

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    Re: i'm happy to join u!

    Quote Originally Posted by shahnoza View Post
    Hi, i'm Shahnoza Norkobilova. I want to know about a phrase "Had better do..." I can't form its interrogative form
    . Can somebody explain this structure? Thanks forbefore.
    Hi Shaznoza,

    Trying to form the interrogative form seems awkward and unnatural to me at times.
    I think many people try to avoid forming a question here, and would just go with "should"

    If we do form a question with it, position the subject after had (hadn't)

    Hadn't you better get ready? You'll be late.

    Alternatively, I could form an indirect question. Which also sounds natural in spoken English;

    Do you think I'd better buy Amy a present?
    Don't you think you'd better get ready? You'll be late.

    Just some suggestions....

    cheers

    L


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    Re: i'm happy to join u!

    Thanks. it was too nice of you to explain this structure. Good luck!


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    I'd better leave, hadn't I?

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