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What sentence(s) is correct:

"I would like to go out"

  1. "I'd rather you don't"
  2. "I'd rather you didn't"
  3. "I'd rather you not"

I tend to think that 1/ and 2/ are correct but as for 3/ I am not so sure.

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1 and 2 are both correct English, but with different meaning. 1 is close to forbidding the person to go out, while 2 just states what I prefer.

3 is not right, but will be understood as meaning either 1 or 2.

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    Intriguing; I'd disagree. I'd say that 2 is best because it's subjunctive, and that 1 (while common enough) is not. Meanwhile, I feel like 3 is a valid usage that I associate with British usage, but that's just my feeling... Jun 11, 2021 at 21:10
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  • I’d rather you not misportray 1 as a correct answer when it is anything but that. As a native speaker, I find (1) ungrammatical. (2) and (3) are both perfectly acceptable.
    – tchrist
    Jun 12, 2021 at 0:08
  • I hear 1. often enough, AND as a teacher I would mark it wrong. 2 and 3 are fine
    – gotube
    Jun 12, 2021 at 5:24
  • I consider (2) the only idiomatic version. Jun 12, 2021 at 8:35

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