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    56.2.4.6.

    1.Given more instructions, the students would have done the exercises much better.

    2. Had been given more instructions, the students would have done the exercises much better.
    3.If he had spent more time on them, the results would be much better.

    4.If he had spent more time on them, the results would have been much better.
    5. I'd rather that you didn't interfere with him.

    6.I'd rather that you woud not interfere with him.
    I prefer 2.4.6.to 1.3.5.Am I right?Thanks!


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    Re: 56.2.4.6.

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    1.Given more instructions, the students would have done the exercises much better.

    2. Had they been given more instructions, the students would have done the exercises much better.

    In 1 & 2, I wonder if it should be "instruction", not "instructions". Instruction is another word for education or teaching, whereas instructions means a detailed list of how to do something.


    3. If he had spent more time on them, the results would be much better.

    4. If he had spent more time on them, the results would have been much better.

    5. I'd rather that you didn't interfere with him.

    6.I'd rather that you woud not interfere with him.


    I prefer 2.4.6.to 1.3.5.Am I right?Thanks!

    I prefer 2, 4 and 5.

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    Re: 56.2.4.6.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I prefer 2, 4 and 5.
    For 1. I am sorry I couldn't check instruction.For 5.,I think , withot context ,both didn't and wouldn't have are correct.Such questions as test paper ,I don't think proper.What's your ideas?Thank you!

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    Re: 56.2.4.6.

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    For 1. I am sorry I couldn't check instruction.For 5.,I think , withot context ,both didn't and wouldn't have are correct.Such questions as test paper ,I don't think proper.What's your ideas?Thank you!
    No, "I would rather..." is followed by "didn't" in a negative sentence.

    I'd rather you didn't do that.
    I'd rather [that] you didn't shout so loudly.
    I'd rather [that] he didn't work so hard.

    We normally miss out "that" after "rather". "I'd rather you wouldn't..." doesn't work.

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