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Had better or Would rather
Had better and Would rather.
After would rather, we use the infinitive without to.
-I would rather stay home than go to a movie.
It means....... (I prefer staying home).
Contracted would - I'd, he'd, she'd, we'd, you'd, they'd.
-She'd rather stay with me than go out with you.
We use had better when we give advice to others. The meaning of had better is similar to should.
Had better expresses advice and warning.
-You had better watch your steps.
-She had better listen to you.
Contracted form of had better - I'd better, you'd better .......
Notice that the contracted forms of had and would are the same and that I'd can be I had or I would,
so we need to look at the context to see what's meant to be said.
-I'd rather lie than hurt you. (I would).
-I'd better tell the truth. (I had better).
I hope the above explanations help.
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