I have a question I would die rather than marry/marrying him. marry or marrying , which one would be better in this context or either of them ?

I don't have native ears , so please help me with this!

Please, Explain the rule[if exists] behind it, so that I can decide on my own in future and don't trouble you people with such trivial things.

  • "I would rather die than to marry him"
    – Varun Nair
    Commented Nov 1, 2017 at 13:39
  • What was wrong with my sentences ? Could you please explain ? Commented Nov 1, 2017 at 13:59
  • I think that in "would rather A than B", A and B should match. "I would rather be eating cake than blowing out candles." "I would rather eat than drink." I don't know if that is a grammatical rule or just good style. See Parallelism (grammar) on Wikipedia for more explanation.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Nov 1, 2017 at 14:33
  • would rather cannot be followed by ing. It requires a verb, either passive or active.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 1, 2017 at 16:09
  • @Lambie: Aside from a gerund.
    – Dan
    Commented Nov 1, 2017 at 16:10

1 Answer 1


The form you want is:

I would rather die than marry him.

This form uses "I would rather [infinitive] than [infinitive]." Another example:

I would rather walk than drive.

However you can also "rather" nouns:

I would rather a coffee than a milkshake.

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