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Would Rather and Would Sooner


would-rather dialogue

Would rather and would sooner have the same meaning as would prefer.


However, the grammar is slightly different.



I'd prefer to be rich than poor.
would prefer + to + verb (infinitive with to)


I'd rather be rich than poor.
would rather + verb (infinitive)

I'd sooner be rich than poor.
would sooner + verb (infinitive )


If we talk about things we want another person to do, then we use a past form after would rather/sooner.

I'd rather you were rich than poor.
would rather + subject + past simple


With prefer there is no change in tense.

I'd prefer you to be rich than poor.
would prefer + subject + to + verb



The teacher would rather be sunbathing on an island now.


Would rather/sooner practice

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