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Hi,

I have a sentence with a contraction and am wondering what that contraction is?

I think we'd better run.

If "we'd" stands for "we had," how would it be like this? Is this make sense?

I think we had better run.
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Anon,
Here I think "we'd" stands for "we would" and not "we had".
"I think we would better run".
Also, it seems to me there is kind of an implied "if" clause which is why "would" makes sense :
"I think [if we were smart enough then] we would better run".
But I'm not a native... Nor am I a grammar guru...
Waïti.
"we'd" stands for "we had".
The idiom is "had better" followed by the base form of the verb.
It means that something bad may happen if we don't run.
Because it is an idiom, it doesn't seem to follow the usual rules!

CJ
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OK. In the sentence below, what is the base form of verb?

We'd better run
Anonymous
OK. In the sentence below, what is the base form of verb?

We'd better run

"Run" is the base form of the verb, Anon.
Ooops ! I stand corrected then. Sorry Anon if I've mislead you and thank you CalifJim !
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The contraction we'd stands for three things we should, we had, and we could.

from: master english man
Sorry, Master English Man, but I disagree with you. The contraction we'd is not used to mean we should or we could.

As has already been mentioned earlier in the thread, the contraction we'd can mean either "we had" or "we would".