Suppose I want to say

Follow this book not me

Would it be the right if the sentence was

Follow this book rather me

  • The idiom "Go by the book" is more common than "follow the book". It means to do exactly what the rules tell you. Follow the book, not me. Follow the book rather than me. – Khan Mar 16 '16 at 15:12
  • For the first phrase you need a comma (a pause if spoken): "Follow this/Go by the book, not me", if your meaning is as @Khan commented. – user3169 Mar 16 '16 at 20:46

The word "rather", in the sense of "instead of" requires a preposition to link it to the next word or sentence, which is than, so your sentence would be

Follow this book rather than me

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