Better , bettering , bettered

@Manasha (2300)
Pondicherry, India
December 26, 2012 11:51am CST
Better , bettering , bettered are the conjugation forms. However, I am not used to write the words bettering and bettered so far. I wish to have some sentences using the words bettering and bettered . I am also interested in knowing the exact meaning of bettering and bettered. Can you share your ideas please I am not able to follow the meaning of the following words I bettered I would be bettering I am bettering
3 responses
@owlwings (39246)
• Cambridge, England
26 Dec 12
'To better' is a verb formed from the comparative adjective. It means 'to improve one's knowledge, experience or prospects'. It works just like any other regular transitive verb and is nearly always used in the reflexive (with '___self' as the object of the verb) - "I better myself", &c. "I bettered myself by taking a course in Computing" is in the past tense "I would be bettering myself ..." ["if I did something" or "by doing something"] is in the conditional tense (usually followed by "if" or "when" or another condition). "I am bettering myself" is in the present continuous tense - describing some action which is continuing now. It is not to be confused with the use of 'better' in the idiom "I had better [do something]" meaning "I ought to ..." or "I should ...", for example: "I had better not talk any longer or I shall be late for my appointment"
@Manasha (2300)
• Pondicherry, India
27 Dec 12
Woh, wonderful explanation and now I am clear with your concept. Thanks a lot. I have one more doubt. Is it right to say one of our trainees" one of our trainee
@owlwings (39246)
• Cambridge, England
27 Dec 12
If you are speaking of one person from a group, you say: "One of our trainees has achieved the highest award possible." or, more colloquially, "A trainee of ours ...". In both cases, the subject of the sentence is singular. "of our trainees" and "of ours" are adjectival clauses describing the individual.
@Manasha (2300)
• Pondicherry, India
28 Dec 12
What is the actual meaning of had better? Is it correct to say I HAD BETTER LUNCH
• St. Peters, Missouri
26 Dec 12
Sorry - I missed that you asked for sentences. Some examples might be: I am bettering myself by exercising. Scientists are working on bettering our understanding of animals. I would be bettering myself if I ate healthier. I bettered myself by reading about car care. Microsoft bettered Windows with the introduction of Windows 8. Basically, you could almost always substitue the word improve (or the proper conjugation of improve)for the verb form better. It's often used when referring to oneself, but not always.
@Manasha (2300)
• Pondicherry, India
27 Dec 12
You are also helping me in all. Thanks dear and I EXPECT THIS kind of affection ever., I am clear now
• St. Peters, Missouri
26 Dec 12
I think the confusion comes in because we generally use the word better as an adjective or adverb. Like if we say one thing is better than another. It's usually used to compare things. But when you conjugate the word, better has to be used as a verb. In this case, better refers to improving something. Like if we say I took college classes to better myself. You just don't hear this use of the word as often as you do the first way.