Make Your Editor Cry: [I, He, She, They] Better

Make Your Editor Cry:  [I, He, She, They] Better

When I say “I better run to the grocery and get some eggs,” I mean “I had better,” abbreviated to “I’d better” and further abbreviated via eggcorn and combined with my particular US English dialect to “I better” when spoken aloud.

The same pattern is followed for “he had better,” “she had better,” or “they had better.” Naturally, any combination of a pronoun followed by better like “[I, He, She, They] better” is grammatically incorrect so when written out so, while it may be okay to use inside of dialogue, keep it out of the narrative text.

Examples:

Incorrect:

I better close out this article now.
She better stop reading this article now.
He better forward this article to his critique group.
They better read this article upon receipt.

Correct:

I had better close out this article now.
She had better stop reading this article now.
He had better forward this article to his critique group.
They had better read this article upon receipt.

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