since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English
Get Word of the Day FREE

would be better off

This page is about the conversational phrase would be better off

Meaning

You can use this when giving advice, or when saying what you think someone should do.

For example

  • "I'll be rich one day if I study law."
    "But you'd be better off doing something you enjoy, don't you think?"

  • "Her boyfriend punched her in the face again."
    "Again? She'd be better off leaving him. He's just a thug!"

Note:
A verb that follows "be better off" must end in -ing (present participle).

Quick Quiz

Katie said, "I hate it there," so I said, "You'd be better off

a. pretending to love it."

b. hating somewhere else."

c. going somewhere else."

Contributor: Matt Errey