It would be better vs. you would better off


Senior Member
Chinese - Hong Kong
A. I feel so worried and depressed about our food when I see a lot of genetically modified food has been used in our daily diet.
B. "Sometimes it would be better to be a fool" or "sometimes you would better off a fool" and ignore what you see.

Are they both correct? If so, which one is more appropriate? Thank you.
  • 8thnote

    Senior Member
    English-Southern US
    The first is grammatically correct. In the second, if you add a "be" it would also be correct (sometimes you would BE better off a fool). The first would be more natural sounding in spoken English (at least in the US), while the second sounds more formal and "literary".
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