I sometimes try to get even rather than forgive and forget.

I know "rather than" but this one put on an "and". I'm confused with the sentence.

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This sentence is talking about two options:

  1. Get even - which means to retaliate, to get revenge.
  2. Forgive and forget - which means to forgive the person who wronged you, and then act as though the wrong never happened.

When you are wronged, you can choose to [get even], or to [forgive and forget]. (Or you can choose to do neither and hold a grudge instead, but your original sentence doesn't mention that.)


"to forgive and forget" is a phrase that means to let something go. For example if somebody wrongs you and you decide to move past the incident rather than make a big deal out of it. Sometimes I try to [A] rather than [B]. "sometimes try to [get even] rather than [forgive and forget]"


If someone wrongs you, you will try to get revenge, or pay back with the same action or worse( eye per eye), instead of just forgive or let it goes.

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