Rather & Would rather

I. Rather

 We use rather as an adverb of degree:

 Modifying an adjective: 

• The film was rather good. 

Modifying an adverb: 

• It happened rather quickly. 


1. It is stronger than fairly, but not as strong as very

2. It can modify a noun, often coming before the article: 

3. It’s rather a problem. 

4. It can modify some verbs: I rather like it. 

B) To express preference

Rather than: 

Rather than is normally used to compare parallel structures: 

• Let’s take the train rather than the bus. 

• Rather you than me! 

• I decided to write rather than email. 

And more:

When the main clause has a to – infinitive, rather than is usually followed by an infinitive without to or -ing form. 

e.g. – I decided to write rather than phone/phoning.

II. Would rather:

Would rather + infinitive without ‘to’: 

• I’d rather leave now. 

Would rather + pronoun + past tense: 

• I’d rather he came early.


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