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    Difference in meaning of sentences

    I would rather have stayed at home.

    I would rather stay at home.

    Is the first sentence in relation to the past, while the second relates to the present?

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    Re: Difference in meaning of sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I would rather have stayed at home.

    I would rather stay at home.

    Is the first sentence in relation to the past, while the second relates to the present?
    That is correct in theory:

    We went to visit my in-laws last week; I would rather have stayed at home.
    We are going to visit my in-laws to morrow; - I would rather stay at home.

    However, you will hear:

    We are going to visit my in-laws to morrow; I would rather have stayed at home.

    I recommend that you do not do this.

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