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If someone is going to do something very soon that I don't want to happen. For instance, someone is going to start playing on the computer. Which construction fits better or both are OK?

Oh, you are going to play your game again now! I'd rather you didn't!

Oh, you are going to play your game again now! I'd rather you wouldn't!

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The former.

The later is (although a very common mistake) entirely wrong.

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  • I have some examples which are supposedly correct. Do you agree that they are correct? If you do, then what would you chalk their correctness to? ● I’d rather you would understand me better. ● I would rather she would stop playing computer games.
    – user1425
    Commented Nov 6, 2022 at 9:35
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    The first is wrong. It should be "I wish you could understand me better". In it's present form, apart for anything else, it makes it look as if 'you' are deliberately misunderstanding. The second example does not work as it stands. However, "Given a choice, I would rather she stopped playing computer games" is correct.
    – PRL75
    Commented Nov 6, 2022 at 9:42

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