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Had better+bare infinitive

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  • 1. HAD BETTER+BARE INFINITIVE
    AJIT SINGH
    ENGLISH TRAINER
  • 2. RULE # 1
    When Had becomes Unreal Past; the meaning becomes Present or Future:
    I had better ring him at once/ tomorrow. (This would be a good thing to do/ the best thing to do.)
    You had better consult a doctor. (This would be a good thing to do/ the best thing to do.)
    I had better inform him as soon as soon possible. (This would be a good thing to do/ the best thing to do.)
  • 3. RULE # 2
    The Negative is formed with Not after Better :
    You had better not miss the last bus. (It would be unwise to miss it, or I advise/ warn you not to miss it.)
    Had here is usually after Pronouns and in contracted speech is sometimes so Unstressed as to be almost inaudible.
  • 4. RULE # 3
    Had Better is not normally used in the ordinary Interrogative, but is sometimes used in the Negative Interrogative as an advice form:
    Hadn’t you better ask him first?
    Hadn’t she better seek permission?
    Hadn’t they better inform us first?
    Hadn’t he better take leave?
  • 5. RULE # 4
    You Had Better is very useful Advice form:
    You had better fly. (It would be best for you to fly, or I advise you to fly.)
    You had better take exam. (I advise you to take exam.)
    They had better practise hard. (I advise them to practise hard.)
  • 6. RULE # 5
    In Indirect Speech Had Better with 1st or 3rd person remains unchanged; Had Better with the 2nd person can remain unchanged or be reported by Advise+Object+Infinitive:
    He said, ‘I’d better hurry’=
    He said (that) he’d better hurry.
    He said, ‘Ann had better hurry’=
    He said (that) Ann had better hurry.
    He said, ‘You’d better hurry’=
    He said (that) I’d better hurry or
    He advised me to hurry.

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