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How does the first sentence differ from the second in the following sentences?

1) I had better zip my jacket up.

2) I better had zip my jacket up.

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  • You had better.
    – user178049
    Apr 23 '17 at 7:00
  • @ user178049 why, not the second one?
    – Gt_R
    Apr 23 '17 at 7:01
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    It's an idiomatic and fixed expression. You cannot change it.
    – user178049
    Apr 23 '17 at 7:02
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    There are circumstances in which the idiom better had can be used, but this is not one of them. It is to create emphasis. Were you to say to me "I had better zip my jacket up", if it were a bitterly cold day I might reply Yes, you better had. Otherwise normally it would be alright to say Yes, you had better. Q We are in a hurry, should we run? A. Yes, we had better would just mean it would be advisable. However Yes, we better had might imply one's lives depended on it.
    – WS2
    Apr 23 '17 at 10:28
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The accepted form is had better do ... or 'd better do ...:

I had/I'd better zip my jacket up.

Sometimes, had is omitted:

I better zip my jacket up.

Your second sentence sounds unnatural to my ear.

Please refer to this answer on English Stackexchange.

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