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In the following two sentences which one is correct regarding the usage of rather

Men are rather impressed by beauty then by character.

Men are impressed rather by beauty then by character.

I think the first one is correct. But in my book second one is correct, I don't understand how?

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Firstly, it’s “than” not “then”.

Secondly, neither are correct, with the second one being particularly wrong in its placement of “rather”.

The first one at least sort of sounds like it’s trying to say:

Men are rather impressed by beauty.

“Rather” here just means “very”.

I imagine what you are trying to say is:

Men are impressed by beauty rather than (by) character.

Also note that the second “by”, which I’ve bracketed, is optional.

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    I would say that rather by beauty than by character is perfectly valid, just rather old-fashioned and formal. – Kate Bunting Jul 14 at 13:31
  • @KateBunting That’s true, I’ll update my answer to make that more clear. – Chris Mack Jul 14 at 13:34
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To add to Chris's answer...

Even better to avoid using 'rather' here. So:

Men are impressed by beauty in a woman, not character

or

Men are more impressed by a woman's beauty than her character.

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Men are rather impressed by beauty than character.

Will rather be the right answer to your question.

Here rather is giving more emphasis on one over the other.

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