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    billmcd is offline Key Member
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    Default Re: the use of would rather

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Hi,

    I'd appreciate if a native speaker could tell me whether the sentence below is natural or not.

    Jane's father would rather she went to a better university.

    I would say: Her father would like her to go to a better university.

    Thank you.
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    (TDOL Administrator) Rather:
    I would rather go tomorrow. (talking about myself)
    I would rather you went tomorrow. (talking about you- when you have a subjectafter 'rather', use the past tense). You will occasionally hear people usingthe present, but it is more common to use the past.

    Curmudgeon (Moderator) They both mean the same.Both are acceptable in conversation.

    Casiopea (VIP Member) Again, the Grammar rule is "would rather"[someone else] + past tense. It's a wish, a desire, akin to the subjunctive, so"would rather you took". But . . . language changes, and "wouldrather you take" is a sign of that. I plead guilty to being a part time member of the "Language Changes Society"(billmcd).

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    Default Re: the use of would rather

    I plead guilty to accepting that other people say it.

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    Is "if he had his druthers, she'd go to a better university" strictly AmE?

    His druthers = he'd rather
    My druthers = I'd rather

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    Default Re: the use of would rather

    It does not appear in the British National Corpus. Would you agree with me that even in current AmE druthers is only used jocularly or possibly to portray some rare and remote dialect?

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