Grammar and usage, spelling and punctuation


First of all , I want to thank you for this opportunity. I hardly searched for the differences between

have better and have to , but I couldn't find the answer.

asked Feb 26 '14 at 09:19 Hala New member

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We are not mind readers, Hala.  You haven't actually asked a question, so it is difficult to know what you are trying to find out.  Zhika has guessed that you want to know the difference between "have better" and "have to" and attempts to explain the difference.  Her explanation is a bit difficult to follow.


Peter has pointed out that "hardly" is not the word you want to use for your context.  Looking at your subject line, this should be helpful if you have a question about word usage.  I'll try to address the rest.


Generally, your grammar is good.  Fix up the punctuation error and word choices, and you have two great sentences.


You have the same punctuation error in both sentences.  A comma immediately follows the word before it.  There is no space between them.  There is a space after a comma, though.  (See how I just did that?)


Your spelling is fine.  Though the word choice of hardly might actually be a spelling error instead of word choice error.  When you used the word hardly, you might have been thinking of the word hardily.  That means in a hardy manner.  This means you went through a lot, it was tough or difficult.  Though hardily could be used in this context, the word is not used often by native speakers in the US.


When we say we have to do something, it means we have no choice.  It is a duty we must perform.  It also carries a connotation that we might not have wanted to do the thing.  If you are in a job interview and are asked what you did at your previous job, you want to avoid saying you "had to" do this or that because the interviewer will think you didn't want to do your job.


When we say we have better do something, it means something worse is going to happen if we don't.  It usually adds a sense of urgency.  I have better get this report completed before the boss arrives and asks for it.  You have better put some ice on that injury so it doesn't swell up.  Note that conversationally, we often drop the word have in these sentences.  You better come inside before the storm gets here. 

link comment answered Feb 27 '14 at 23:46 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

"I hardly searched"

The adverb "hardly" is not used correctly here.

It means "barely", "to almost no degree" or "almost not".

Which would mean you haven't really searched at all.

link answered Feb 26 '14 at 16:15 Peter Valk Contributor

And where's the explanation about "have better" and "have to"?

Zhika StojiljkovichFeb 26 '14 at 18:58

You had already addressed that point.I merely added something you missed.

Peter ValkFeb 27 '14 at 05:31

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"Have better" means: it is better to (it's a better option to)...a verb comes after.

"Have to" means: circumstances (situation) or someone’s judgement appoint the way of action. Here are no options.

link comment answered Feb 26 '14 at 11:03 Zhika Stojiljkovich New member

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