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Пишет Helen:

«Мне всегда не до конца была понятна разница между “would rather” и “had better”. Было бы здорово, если бы Вы подняли эту тему».

А давайте!

HAD BETTER / ЛУЧШЕ БЫ ТЕБЕ

Это либо совет, либо угроза. Одно из двух. Если совет, считайте, перед нами второй SHOULD:

  • Лучше бы тебе отправиться прямо сейчас, прежде чем начнётся дождь = You’d better go now before the rain starts.

Эту же мысль можно передать иначе:

  • Давай, топай! = You should bounce now. // На сленге bounce = «cвалить, уйти»
  • Дождь собирается = It’s going to rain.

Другой пример:

puzzle_better_turn

Лучшие комментарии
  • oren.manager
    oren.manager
    Добрый день, Юрий! Спасибо за вашу great просветительскую работу! Помогите полюбить артикли! Да да, не освоить, а именно полюбить. С точки зрения грамматики тема не самая сложная, правила вполне конкретные, постоянная практика и всё усваивается. Но нет понимания, а на кой ляд им вообще сдались эти артикли, которые занимают первые места по частоте употребления, и при этом выполняют функции других частей речи (числительных и указательных местоимений), которые в свою очередь конкретизируют гораздо лучше, нежели артикли. С пунктом конкретики мне всё понятно. Ну любят англоязычные уточнять, скажем, принадлежность. I love my wife (не чужую), I lost my wallet (не чужой). Но вот эта роль артикля как указателя на единственность предмета в своем роде (тот самый), или, наоборот, один из множества подобных, мне не понятна. Ведь великий и могучий контекст все равно всё расставляет на места. Наверняка у вас завалялось простое и элегантное объяснение о важности артиклей в современном английском языке. Думаю, я не один такой здесь (из множества), кто хочет поставить все точки над i в этом вопросе.


  • alice-rom
    alice-rom
    I'd rather be healthy and wealthy than sick and poor.


  • Юрий Жданов
    Юрий Жданов Эксперт Puzzle English
    would, как и любой глагол власти, немного увлекается садо-мазо. Он раздевает догола глагол, который берёт к себе в пару.
    другими словами, после would смысловой глагол -- голенький, без 'to'

    * I would rather HAVE (sth) than FLY


Комментарии (71)
  • Денис Персин
    Денис Персин
    Would you rather be thinner or have an IQ that is ten points higher?

    I'd rather have additional 10 points for my IQ because it's more difficult than be thinner. And if I have more IQ I can will be thinner easier :)
  • Natty
    Natty
    I would rather go out to a fancy restaurant than to a diner because I would like to get the most out of a window of opportunity :) It requires much more preparation so I would find out a lot.
  • SAIM
    SAIM
    Yuri, thank you so much for your ever excellent vitamins!
    I'd rather be healthy and wealthy, than be poor and sick.
    I'd rather live in my current home for the rest of my life than live in the house of my dreams with no internet access. What is the life without internet!?
    I'd rather live my life as it is now then ( it's not bad grammar ) ) get everything I've ever wanted and die in one year.
    I think no comments need here.
  • Аноним
    Аноним
    Большое спасибо, Юрий! Как всегда, интересно, остроумно, полезно.
    I like my body, so I would rather have an IQ that is ten points higher. I like my flat and I can't live without internet, so I would rather live in my current home with internet for the rest of my life. And I don't want to get everything I have ever wanted because it's very dull to live without dreams.
  • hjugo
    hjugo
    А почему не 'have A pizza' ? Или пицца не исчисляется?
  • Ольга Орельская
    Ольга Орельская
    I would rather have the superpower to become invisible than to fly. There's one condition - I'm visible whenever I want it and I am able to become invisible whenever I need it:) It's wonderful to have the superpower to fly, but it is even more so to become invisible any time you want or need it- you can escape from anyone and there's less chance for you to get caught:)
  • Ответ пользователю Ольга Орельская
    Юрий Жданов
    Юрий Жданов Эксперт Puzzle English
    Right on the money! Good job!
  • iravasilyeva
    iravasilyeva
    Здравствуйте Юрий. А можно вместо "I'd rather not be either" сказать "I'd rather be neither"?
  • Ответ пользователю iravasilyeva
    Юрий Жданов
    Юрий Жданов Эксперт Puzzle English
    Sure. Но в этом случае теряется лёгкий акцент на "ни то, ни то". Смысл примерно тот же, но первый вариант более доходчивый.
  • Ответ пользователю Юрий Жданов
    iravasilyeva
    iravasilyeva
    Да, согласна насчёт лёгкого акцента. Спасибо)
  • Go-getter
    Go-getter
    You had better be healthy and rich than ill and poor.
  • Александр
    Александр
    Would you rather live in the house of your dreams with no internet access, or your current home for the rest of your life?
    I would rather live in the house of my dreams. Because I have high speed mobile internet anycase.
  • Александр
    Александр
    I'd rather have a good health and be rich than be poor and ill.
  • Igor Logvinov
    Igor Logvinov
    I would rather to become invisible than have the superpower to fly 'course I could never ever do something else.

    I'd rather try to turn a bit of my weight into some points of IQ. Is it possible ?
  • Светлана
    Светлана
    Юрий, спасибо огромное! Seems I've got an idea of differences between those two expressions... at last... Но мне еще почему-то кажется, что конструкция HAD BETTER чаще используется для 2-го лица ("You'd better lose that girl"), ведь это - совет/угроза, а WOULD RATHER - для 1-го ("I'd rather go blind") как собственное предпочтение. И поэтому тему витаминки я бы перевела в 2-х вариантах: You'd better be healthy and wealthy than ill and poor. - I'd rather be healthy and wealthy than ill and poor. Возможно, мне просто случайно чаще попадались эти конструкции именно в таких лицах? Или я, все же, не ошибаюсь?
    And, on to the next one... Would you rather have everything you’ve ever wanted but you die in one year or live your life as it is now? No shadow of a doubt, I'd certainly live my present life, because I'm pretty sure life's goal is just trying to get this "everything". And I'd rather achieve it gradually, step by step, you know, too much of a good thing is bad. So getting it all at once won't bring satisfaction but satiation. That's why I prefer live life to the full, with all its shortcomings and dignities.
  • tatarinceva_anas
    tatarinceva_anas
    Would you rather be thinner or have an IQ that is ten points higher?
    It is not fair! I would rather be a slim beautiful lady in an expensive fur coat into a red car than this stupid IQ! What is the hell this is?
  • Ответ пользователю tatarinceva_anas
    Igor Logvinov
    Igor Logvinov
    I'd rather be a slim beautiful lady in an expensive fur coat into a red car too... than be fat old man
  • Ответ пользователю Igor Logvinov
    Go-getter
    Go-getter
    )))Only pimps look fashionable in fur-coats. And Kirkorov might be too. )))
  • Лина
    Лина
    Would you rather have the superpower to fly or to become invisible?
    i'd rather have the superpower to fly, because i can see the world in short time and forget about transport
  • Ответ пользователю Лина
    Igor Logvinov
    Igor Logvinov
    And if you'll fly too slowly... as butterfly ?!
  • Ответ пользователю Igor Logvinov
    Лина
    Лина
    I can enjoy beautiful of nature
  • Ответ пользователю Igor Logvinov
    khalechka
    khalechka
    If you fly - no will ( Conditional I )
  • zviadadzenato
    zviadadzenato
    Would you rather have a personal chef or a housekeeper?
    I certainly would like to have a housekeeper, since keeping your house in order is routine, too boring for me, and, in contrast, I love cooking because, in my opinion, it is such a creative process, and laying a table is like an art. Plus, it's so awesome to get compliments from your guests, who always notice your delicious food and never notice your cozy and clean house.
    Would you rather live in the house of your dreams with no internet access, or your current home for the rest of your life?

    It's a difficult question. Firstly, I believe that my current house is full with various positive and negative events/memories, which made me the person i am now, so all my memories related to my current house are dear for me. Secondly, in the house of your dreams you already have everything you dreamt about, it seems like the end of the life, and, lastly, without internet I will not have Iuri's VITAMINS and my life will become less interesting and less colorfull.
    So, I would rather live in my current house, but sometimes leave it to go to middle
    California to have there a little house perched on the top of the hill and overlooking the ocean - what a dream in my current house!!!
  • Ответ пользователю zviadadzenato
    Юрий Жданов
    Юрий Жданов Эксперт Puzzle English
    Well done!
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