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Level 6 (CEFR A2+)

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  1. Lesson 1 | Writing an Informal Email or Letter
    5 Temas
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    1 Cuestionario
  2. Lesson 2 | Uses of the gerund
    7 Temas
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    3 Cuestionarios
  3. Lesson 3 | Wearing the same clothes every day
    5 Temas
  4. Lesson 4 | I Have to Go
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  5. Lesson 5 | You’d better go and see your G.P.
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  6. Lesson 6 | Let’s watch a film
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  7. Lesson 7 | Writing a review
    5 Temas
  8. Lesson 8 | What would you do?
    6 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
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Lección 5, Tema 3
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Lesson 5 – Step 3 – Grammar point

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Goal

It’s time to learn about two modals of advice: should and had better.

You can watch the video or go straight to the written explanation. You decide! Once you’ve finished, you can move to step 4.


Language Discovery

 Look at the words in blue in the text in step 1. What do they have in common?

  1. The modal should is used to give advice or to make a suggestion. 

Look at the words in green in the text in step 1. What do they have in common? 

  1. The modal had better is used to give a stronger advice or recommendation warning of the consequences if the recommendation is not followed.

General notions

Should and had better are used to give advice, suggestions and recommendations.

affirmativenegativequestion
shouldYou should study today. You should not study today.You shouldn’t study today.   Should I study today?
had betterYou had better study today. You’d better study today.You had better not study today.You’d better not study today.

Differences

  1. We use should for general advice; to tell someone that you think something is a good idea.
  1. We use had better to give strong advice, implying that if the advice is not followed, it will have bad consequences. We don’t normally use it in questions.

Consider these two examples:

  1. It’s a great movie. You should go and see it. (I think it’s a good idea)
  2. The movie starts at 8. You’d better go now. (Or you’ll be late)

Conclusion

Ready? Terrific! Let’s move on to step 3 to practise what you’ve learnt in this step.