Had better

Posted by Manjusha. Filed in English Grammar

Had better refers to the immediate future. It is followed by an infinitive without to. It is a strong advice. We use it to tell people what to do.

Had better sometimes suggests a threat and is not used in polite requests.

To make negative forms, we put not between had better and infinitive.

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Had better
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