Would rather + Somebody did something
rather + Somebody did something
the person performing the action is different from the subject, we use
use Simple Past
Tense, but meaning is present or
I'd rather go by bus ( I will
go by bus)
I'd rather he went by bus. (He will
not go by bus.) (meaning:
He wants to be a teacher but I'd rather he became a doctor.
I would rather (that) you stayed at home. (but you will go out)
My father would rather I lived in Istanbul. (I am living in Paris now.)
The teacher would rather the students didn't talk during the lesson. (They are chatting)
I'd rather you didn't smoke in the car. (you are smoking in the car.)
would rather + Somebody had
When we are talking about an action
happened in the past, we use past
perfect, and meaning is
past. We usually
express our regret with this structure.
My friend took me to the opera yesterday. I'd rather he had taken me to the theater instead.
My son became a
teacher last year. I'd rather he had become a doctor.
She'd rather I hadn't sent this present to
her. She doesn't like it.
I'd rather she had gone there by plane.
She went by bus.