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    #1

    you (had) better

    Hi,
    is there any difference between

    You had better do it.
    You better do it.


    Thanks a lot,
    T.

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    #2

    Re: you (had) better

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Hi,
    is there any difference between

    You had better do it.
    You better do it.


    Thanks a lot,
    T.
    The difference is that the first one is correct and the second isn't.

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    #3

    Re: you (had) better

    Yes, I thought so. But the second one can be seen/heard quite often.
    Thank you.

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    #4

    Re: you (had) better

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Yes, I thought so. But the second one can be seen/heard quite often.
    Thank you.
    Yes, it can be heard, in many cases it's people saying 'you'd better' with the 'd' almost silent.

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    #5

    Re: you (had) better

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Yes, I thought so. But the second one can be seen/heard quite often.
    Thank you.
    If someone says "You'd better do it" quickly, you won't almost hear the 'd.

    You'd = You had

    EDIT: Oh sorry, Bhai is faster than me, or, his connection is faster than mine, or... both.

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