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  1. Newbie
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    please help me

    Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

    Rather than come to see her, he called her.

    Please check this sentence and tell me how to use the structure Rather than at the beginning of the sentence.

    Thank you.

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    Re: please help me

    Hello minhman
    When "rather than" is used as a conjunction, it is important to make the two things thus connected parallel in form:


    "I like working in a bakery rather than working in a factory."


    But sometimes "rather than" is a preposition, and then the two things being compared will not necessarily be in the same form.


    [From] Bryan Garner's guide:


    "Rather than staying home on a Saturday night, we went out to six different bars."



    From The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Styleby Bryan Garner. Copyright 1995 by Bryan A. Garner. Published by Oxford University Press, Inc., Oxford University Press: OUP USA Home, and used with the gracious consent of Oxford University Press.




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    Re: please help me

    Quote Originally Posted by minhman View Post
    Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

    Rather than come to see her, he called her.

    Please check this sentence and tell me how to use the structure Rather than at the beginning of the sentence.

    Thank you.
    Yes, that sentence is correct.
    I find that both of the following are acceptable:
    Rather than come to see her, he called her.
    Rather than coming to see her, he called her.

  4. Newbie
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    Re: please help me

    Thank both of you for your help. I really appreciate it.

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