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    I'd better... I'd rather...

    1) YOU'D  BETTER  =   "You would be better off doing this' : this expression is a warning (sometimes implying a threat). It's used to give advice and orders, including to the person who's speaking!

    The full expression is=  I HAD better ; the form is that of a past, yet, the meaning is in the present or future.

    The expression must be followed by an infinitive without TO. 

    ex: You'd better hurry, or you'll be late. 


    Used in the negative form, you must be very careful to the word order ! = You'd better NOT do

    ex: He'd better not  come to that party. If he does, I'll go away. 


    2) I ' D  RATHER ....

    A)  I'd rather  = I would prefer... expresses a choice, a preference.

    The full expression is = I WOULD rather + infinitive without TO.

    The auxiliary has, of course, consequences when you want to form a question tag:

    ex: I'm sure you'd rather drink water than tea, just now, wouldn't you? 

    ex: Would you rather  play cards or watch TV? I'd rather have a rest doing nothing. 


     Notice that if the choice is given between several things or possibilities, 'than' is then used. (It's a former comparative form.) 


    B) I'd rather + subject of a verb in the modal preterite: this preterite indicates that the action isn't real: it's simply choice which is expressed, a preference and is often a warning,or even a threat to the subject of the verb.

    ex: You don't have to come tonight ! I'd rather you came tomorrow...


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