4. The children would rather play in the garden than go to bed.
5. Would you rather write a composition or a dictation?
“Had better” expresses advice.
1. You had better take an umbrella. It may rain.
2. He’d better stop and have a rest if he feels tired.
3. You had better go on the excursion.
4. You had better hurry if you want to catch the eight o’clock train.
5. You had better put on a new dress for the party.
Exercise: Construct the dialogues out of the given words and word
Situation: Gloria has caught a cold but in spite of it she is going surfing.
- had better, go surfing, not, Gloria.
- take medicine, than, would rather, she, go surfing.
- She would rather go surfing than take medicine.
Situation 1. Dick doesn’t want to show his suffering from some illness.
- had better, what, Dick, hurts him, tell.
- would rather, than, he, die, complain.
Situation 2. Nora is taking an exam in her music class tomorrow.
- had better, tonight, she, have a good rest.
- would rather, go to bed, than, she, practice the piano.
Situation 3. Bert is to have his exam in literature/
- classical literature, read, had better, he.
- read, he, detective stories, would rather.
Situation 4. Alice is eager to discuss the party with Tracy over the
telephone in spite of the late hour.
- no, Alice, Tracy, call, had better, late, so.
- wake Tracy up, would rather, till morning, wait, than, she.
Situation 5. Modern art doesn’t appeal to Maggy, she criticizes it.
- criticize, study it, modern art, had better not, Maggy, but.
- than study it, be ignorant, would rather, she.
Situation 6. The telephone rings in the middle of an interesting film on TV.
- answer, had better, the telephone call, you.