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Using the modal verb ‘Had better’ correctly.

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In this English Grammar lesson, you will learn how to use the modal verb ‘had better’ in a sentence.  Most people get confused while using this modal verb.

‘Had better’ is used to give advice in a particular situation, especially when you want to ensure you avoid a negative consequence outcome. In the spoken English language, we use ‘had better’ to give advice in the present and future. It is not a very commonly used modal verb.

Take a look at some examples.

Example 1: You had better tell her everything. (if you don’t, there will be an unpleasant outcome.)

Example 2: We had better get back to work. (if we don’t, our boss will yell at us when he sees us sitting together)

Example 3: We had better reach the airport at 5 or else, we may miss the flight.

Example 4: You’d better not lie to her. (Use ‘had better not’ in the negative expression, and not ‘hadn’t better)

Example 5: We had better not miss the start of the film.

Example 6: Had I better speak to John before I send the parcel? (To form a question, put ‘had’ before the subject)

Example 7: Had we better leave a note for her on the table?

We hope this English Grammar lesson to learn the usage of modal verb ‘Had better’ correctly and now you have cleared all your confusion to use it in your English conversation. improve your English conversation

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