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Would rather + Instead of

I know the idiom is "I would rather... Than" as in ”I'd rather play football than stay at home", but can I substitute "than" with "instead of"? "I'd rather play ...
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Meaning of "would"

What is the meaning of "would" in the following sentence: He would sometimes relive the battle in his dreams. Is it about what may happen in the future or about something that used to ...
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I'd rather you not told me

Which sentence is the grammatically correct one? I find both on Google, and now I am at loss. a) I’d rather you did not tell me. b) I’d rather you not told me. or c) I'd rather you hadn't told me???...
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How to transform this correctly?

The question is: Attir prefers hiking in the hills to relaxing on a beach. We need to use rather. However, there are options and I need to choose the most appropriate one. The options are: (a)- ...
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Proper use of "would rather... than" in this sentence

I want to use "would rather... than" to show a comparison like this: I'd rather buy Phone-1 than buy Phone-2. I learned about it from Oxford Dictionary: would rather… (than) - (usually ...
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The correct negative form of "I would rather"

What sentence(s) is correct: "I would like to go out" "I'd rather you don't" "I'd rather you didn't" "I'd rather you not" I tend to think that 1/ and 2/ are ...
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Can we use gerunds after would rather?

Suppose I have this sentence: I'd rather stay at home tonight than go to the cinema. Can I say this: I'd rather staying at home tonight than going to the cinema. If not, why? Do we always use I'd ...
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Can we change "I’d rather have someone enjoy it" to "I {wanted/want} someone to enjoy it..." without changing the meaning?

I was going to give something away for free so I said: I’d rather have someone enjoy it, than to waste it. I wanted to say that I decided to give it to someone to enjoy it, instead of wasting it. ...
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Which tense to use here?

I would rather you mended your ways or be ready to face the music. Is the use of be above correct? Or should I replace it with got to maintain parallelism? be ready, incidentally, shows which tense?
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Is it ok to use "would" for future reference?

Is the below sentence correct:- we would be using these spices from next time onwards. Probably, would is used as past tense for will, but if the above sentence is correct, than why are we using it ...
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Why "would you rather..." not "will you rather..."?

I was writing a paragraph where I had to include two questions. They are (not exactly): Will you reject the offer? Or would you rather embrace it knowing it is to your advantage? It is for sure "...
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"A TV reality show I would like to see '' means the TV show that I wanna do?

I confused for that because I wrote the TV show I like but my friends told me that was the one I wanna do. Give me explaination
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would rather something

I have a question about the usage of "would rather". We usually say: "I would rather do somthing" and it's correct. But can we say: "I would rather something"? For example, in these situations item b ...
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Where to place "rather"?

In the sentence: "Would you like some tea or would you like some coffee instead?" What's my best option to rephrase this sentence so that it includes the word "rather" to imply the meaning of [...
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Can you paraphrase using "rather?"

Can you say: "The new one-way system is considered by most rather to be an impediment than a help." using "rather" to mean "The new one-way system is considered by most to be more of an ...
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"He won't (likely) be... so much... as for..." How can I paraphrase it?

He won't likely be remembered so much for his accomplishments as for his character. Is this sentence similar to the following? He will be remembered for his character rather than for his ...
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"I'd rather it be with you on date night" - is 'be' correct?

Listen to this sentence I'd rather it be with you on date night in this Big Bang Theory video at 1:07. Cambridge says you have to use the simple past in the clause after rather in this case. ...
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use of would for politeness ---subjunctive?

I was looking at some uses of would and found it frustrating. What was particularly hard for me to grasp was the use of would in affirmative sentences. Here are a few examples. You would have to ...
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Would with present tense in if clause

I m seeing a person for the first time and he tells me " I am from police." Is it okay to use "how would I know that you are from police?" In my reply or should I use "how would I know that you were ...
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Continuous activity

A friend of mine is a newspaper reporter. I want to tell him that I am reading his articles continuously. By this, I mean that I read it in the past, I am reading in the present, and I will read in ...
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Does the structure of "I would rather not to do" make any sense?

Are there any structure like "I would rather not to do something" which is valid ? I don't know why but it seems OK for me.
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Would rather and than

The sentence I would rather walk than take the bus refers to the present-future. Which of the following sentences, that refer to the past, is the correct one? I would rather have walked than ...
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Should we say "rather", "or rather" in this sentence

I'm facing to a little grammatical problem. While I was practicing my English with the make/do usage, I answered myself: What should I choose in this sentence, a. make rather than do b. make ...
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Using would instead of simple past

This is news from CNN. Why did the speaker preferred to use would instead of simple past of verb stand up, stood up. Is there any specific reason ? Would the meaning of the sentence change if I said " ...
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"if she would rather" [duplicate]

When the phone rang, the grey-haired man asked the girl, with quite some defference, if she would rather for any reason he didn't answer it. I would like to ask why there is not used a verb in the ...
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Do we use "would rather" for past tense?

"I would rather go swimming with dad" Does the sentence above refer to the past? If not, how can I rephrase it so that it does?
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What should we call the clause after "would rather"?

I’d rather you stayed at home tonight. What should we call the clause after "would rather"? Are they "object clause"?
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usages of "would rather" and "would prefer"

1) I would prefer you did not mention it. 2) I would prefer you not to mention it. 3) I would rather you didn't mention it. 4) I would rather you not to mention it. Would you possibly ...
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A comparison between the structures "would rather" and "would prefer"

I know that "i'd rather", like "I'd prefer" is used for specific situation and not general ones. On the other hand I know that the second sentence below doesn't work here. But the ...
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'would rather' vs 'would rather like'

I'm reading a section on the usage of would rather and have come across would rather like. Swan says there is a difference between them. Ok, 'would rather' means 'would prefer...' and it's clear. But ...
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Past Simple and Past Perfect in "I would rather"

I'd rather he didn't hire this man. I'd rather he had not hired this man. A native speaker said both are correct. But the second one sounds like I have to put a verb in Simple Past in the end. Like ...
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"I would rather did it myself" or "I would rather do it myself"?

Which of the following is the correct sentence: I would rather do it myself. I would rather did it myself. When I meant to say that I don't know how to do this work otherwise I am well ...
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