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    Hi,

    1. I would rather not have an apple = I prefer not to have an apple. (It is OK)

    2. I wouldn't rather have an apple = the meaning is I don't prefer to have an apple. (Is it OK?)

    3. I wish it was Friday. (It is OK)

    4. I would rather it was Friday. (Is it OK?)

    Can I use the fourth one instead of the third and how about the second one?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: would not rather

    As I am not a native speaker, I'll reply with an extract from "Practical English Usage" by Mike Swan:

    The negative <for would rather> is would rather not.
    I'd rather not go out tonight. (NOT I wouldn't rather...)

    So, 2) is wrong.

    We can use would rather to say that a person would prefer somebody to do something.
    I'd rather you went home now.

    So 4) is wrong too.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: would not rather

    You could use #4 in the following context:

    - So is it OK for us to have the meeting on Thursday?
    - I would rather it was Friday. I'm really busy Thursday.
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    Default Re: would not rather

    Thanks for the answer, it was great!

    Can I apply the same usage with 'would' instead of 'was' ? And what about the second sentence I have asked? Is that OK?

    - So is it OK for us to have the meeting on Thursday?
    - I wish it would be Friday. I'm really busy Thursday.

    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: would not rather

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Thanks for the answer, it was great!

    Can I apply the same usage with 'would' instead of 'was' ? And what about the second sentence I have asked? Is that OK?

    - So is it OK for us to have the meeting on Thursday?
    - I wish it would be Friday. I'm really busy Thursday.

    Thanks again.
    No, not with "I wish".

    I wish it was Friday. I'm really busy Thursday.
    I was hoping it could be/might be/would be Friday. I'm really ...
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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