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Would rather

would rather is used to decide a preference when making a choice among different options.

Positive Form:  Subject + would rather ('d rather) +  verb (base form) + than  + verb (base form)

  • I would rather stay home than go out tonight.
  • She'd rather play tennis than sit here.
  • They'd rather drink tea than cola.
  • I would rather go by car.
  • I'd rather stay at home.              
  •  Would you rather have lemonade?    
  • Would she rather come with us than stay home?
  • My father would rather drink tea than (drink) coffee.
  • She'd rather buy a gold ring than a silver ring.    
  • I'd rather resign from my job than take a cut in salary.
  • I 'd rather watch a match than go to the cinema.
When prefering a negative option, we use "not" before the verb.
  • I'm tired. I'd rather not go out this evening.        
  • We'd rather not tell a lie.           
  • Sam would rather not talk to him.
  • She'd rather not say that again.

Form:  Would + subject + rather +  verb
  • Would you rather come with us?
  • Would they rather talk in English or French?

Some example Conversations:

Cate: Let's go to the cinema? There's a new comedy movie.
Mike: I'd rather go home now. I have a terrible headache.

Teacher: There are two topics, science or math. Which would you rather write about?
Debby: I would rather write about math than science. I think I am better at science.

Contractions (short forms)

I would rather  =  I'd rather
She would rather =  She'd rather
he would rather = He'd rather
They would rather = They'd rather
We would rather =  We'd rather
You would rather = You'd rather

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