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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #116597: Had better or Would rather
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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.

    Had better.

    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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    1. I'd go shopping today than tomorrow.

    2. I'd you stayed home today and recover.

    3. You'd behave in class if you don't want to get into troubles.

    4. I'd much go on holidays than go to work.

    5. I'd call her tonight or she'll never speak to me again.

    6. You'd finish your homework now if you want to play with your friends.

    7. We'd wake up a bit earlier so we don't miss the bus again.

    8. We'd go on strike than accept a pay cut.

    9. You'd not tease her, she might report you to the teacher.

    10. The doctor said that I'd stop eating cakes if I want to lose weight.

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