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    TO or RATHER

    Dear experts, could you tell which of the two underlined words below sounds better:

    " I donít listen to people I donít respect or consider foolish, incompetent or rather/too young.

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    Re: TO or RATHER

    I think you mean too, but look at the construction of your sentence and see if you could see how someone might read it as "I donít listen to people I donít respect or [don't] consider foolish,..." You can avoid that by inserting a "those."

    I donít listen to people I donít respect or those I consider foolish,...

    "Rather" young just means younger to some degree. If you're 60, you might consider someone who is 35 too young to have an informed opinion, but I wouldn't say that person was "rather young" unless you compared him to others in the retirement village.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: TO or RATHER

    I'd agree with Barb. You need to make the sentence less ambiguous by inserting something like 'those I consider foolish' so that the 'don't' isn't understood as modifying consider. As for your question regarding rather or too, I don't think choosing one over the other makes a real difference to what you intend to say.
    Best wishes,

    Bob

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    Re: TO or RATHER

    Thanks a lot! You were most helpful!

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