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    grammar question

    Hi

    Could you help me with the following sentence?

    I`d rather have visited a museum last week than called on / have called on my aunt. She is very boring.

    I chose called on. Is it correct?

    Or, should I choose have called?

    How does the sentence go: I would rather have visited a museum last week than [ I would ] have called on my aunt
    , or ,

    I would rather have visited a museum last week than [ I would have ] called on my aunt.


    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi

    Could you help me with the following sentence?

    I`d rather have visited a museum last week than call on my aunt. She is very boring.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    2006

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    #3

    Re: grammar question

    Interesting question.

    So you guys think "calling on" would be wrong, yes?
    To me it sounds a bit better, but I'm not a native speaker...

    Cheers!

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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Interesting question.

    So you guys think "calling on" would be wrong, yes?
    To me it sounds a bit better, but I'm not a native speaker...

    Cheers!
    "call on" definitely sounds better to me.

    I'd rather have visited a museum last week, but what I did was call on my aunt.

    I should have visited a museum last week instead of calling on my aunt.

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    #5

    Re: grammar question

    With the choices available, I'd go for have called to balance with have visited.

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    Re: grammar question

    Hi

    Thank you for your answers, but here is the exercise:

    I`d rather ----- a museum last week than ----- my aunt. She is very boring.

    a. visited / called on
    b. have visited / have called on
    c. have visited / called on
    d. have visited / calling on

    Which one is correct in your opinion?

    Thank you very much in advance.


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    tdol is right i think. b sounds correct

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    Thank you all for answering my question.

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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi

    Thank you for your answers, but here is the exercise:

    I`d rather ----- a museum last week than ----- my aunt. She is very boring.

    a. visited / called on
    b. have visited / have called on
    c. have visited / called on
    d. have visited / calling on

    Which one is correct in your opinion?

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Of those options, B - I agree - though I agree with 2006 too (just "rather than call" sounds better to me).

    Exam technique:

    You can rule out A, as 'rather' followed by a simple past means something different - as in 'You rather wasted your time, don't you think?'

    After 'rather than' you need either a bare infinitive ('call') or a finite verb of some kind. C and D both have participles and no finite verb. This rules out C and D.

    So, even without knowing it's right, B is the only one left - that is, you don't have to be sure it's right; you just have to know that all the others are wrong.

    (If you wanted to use "calling" it would have to contrast with "visiting" in a sentence such as 'I'd rather I'd spent my in London visiting a museum, rather than calling on my aunt'.)

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    Thank you very much all of you and BobK, as well.

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