Would rather definition and example?

—used to indicate what one wants or prefers to do, have, etc. She would rather drive than take the train. I would rather you didn’t tell them.

Would prefer and would rather?

Today I would rather go to the cinema. I’d prefer to go to the cinema. Would rather is followed by the infinitive without to. Would prefer is followed by to + infinitive or a noun.

What is the meaning of rather than?

phrase. You use rather than when you are contrasting two things or situations. Rather than introduces the thing or situation that is not true or that you do not want. The problem was psychological rather than physiological.

Would rather have examples?

Examples: He would rather watch TV than read a book. She would rather be a nurse than be a teacher. The activity you prefer comes immediately after “rather” and the activity you do not have a preference for comes after “than“.

Would rather go or going?

When the subject is the same person in both clauses, we use would rather (not) followed by the base form of the verb: We’d rather go on Monday. Not: We’d rather to go … or We’d rather going … More than half the people questioned would rather have a shorter summer break and more holidays at other times.

Is rather a adjective or adverb?

Grammar. We use rather as a degree adverb (rather cold, rather nice). We also use it to express alternatives and preferences (green rather than blue, coffee rather than tea, slowly rather than quickly). … We use rather to give emphasis to an adjective or adverb.

What type of conjunction is rather than?

subordinating conjunction

Would rather to or than?

To express regret about something that has already happened, ‘would rather’ is followed by the past perfect. I’d rather you hadn’t done that = I wish you hadn’t done that. -ING forms: When the main clause has a verb in the –ing form, ‘rather than’ can be followed by –ing.

What does I’d mean?

: I would : I had : I should.

Does rather than need a comma?

If “rather than” comes at the end of a sentence, then there is no need for a comma. Alternatively, if it comes at the beginning of a sentence, then you will need to use a comma at the end of its phrase. Examples: He went to the bookstore rather than the library.

What is the difference between instead of and rather than?

Look at it this way: ‘rather than’ emphasises a preference and ‘instead of’ emphasises a choice. Whereas ‘instead of’ is not usually followed by an infinitive. Thus: I go to parties with people I can´t stand rather than upset my friend. I go to parties with people I can´t stand instead of upsetting my friend.

Where do we use rather than?

When rather than functions as a preposition, the verbs in the sentence are not parallel. Rather than driving, he rode his bike to work. Rather than using dried herbs, he picked fresh ones from the garden. She took the blame rather than blaming everyone else.

How do you use carelessly in a sentence?

  1. The prosecution alleges she was driving carelessly.
  2. He carelessly trod the lady beetle underfoot.
  3. She flicked ash out of the window carelessly.
  4. I carelessly knocked the chair down.
  5. She threw her coat carelessly onto the chair.
  6. He carelessly left the garage door unlocked.

Is rather than a transition word?

Examples of Transitions: On the contrary, contrarily, notwithstanding, but, however, nevertheless, in spite of, in contrast, yet, on one hand, on the other hand, rather, or, nor, conversely, at the same time, while this may be true.

How do you use rather than instead of?

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. Instead of – suggests that one person, thing or action replaces another. Instead is not used alone as a preposition; we use the two words instead of.

What does mean rather?

1 : with better reason or more propriety : more properly this you should pity rather than despise— William Shakespeare. 2 : more readily or willingly : preferably I’d rather not go would rather read than watch television —often used interjectionally to express affirmation.

How do you use rather in a sentence?

Rather sentence example

  1. No, if one of us has to get snowed in up here, I’d rather it was me.
  2. Thanks, but I’d rather go alone.
  3. I ignored her question rather than lie.
  4. Maybe he’d rather listen than talk.
  5. It’s a subject I’d rather not discuss.
  6. But if you’d rather take them off, go ahead.

What does rather well mean?

rather well: quite well, in quite a good way; to a fairly large extent.

How do you use rather ID?

I would rather (‘I prefer’, ‘I would prefer’) is used as a modal auxiliary verb. It is followed by the infinitive (without ‘to’) when its subject is the same as the subject of the next verb. This happens when we talk about what we would prefer to do. I would rather (or I’d rather) stay with you.

Can rather be an adjective?

Rather is not an adjective; it is an adverb modifying an adjective (or participle) or a verb. As an adjective modifier it means ‘particularly’; as a verb modifier it means ‘preferably’.

What does but rather mean?

on the other hand