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    I read this sentence:
    Why not go by train rather than taking the car?
    I understand than is a preposition and, as such, requires the gerund after it, but is it acceptable or current to say this in a different way?
    Thanks,
    Andrea

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    Re: than

    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    I read this sentence:
    Why not go by train rather than taking the car?
    I understand than is a preposition and, as such, requires the gerund after it, but is it acceptable or current to say this in a different way?
    Thanks,
    Andrea
    You will hear "...rather than take the car".

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    Re: than

    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    I read this sentence:
    Why not go by train rather than taking the car?
    I understand than is a preposition and, as such, requires the gerund after it, but is it acceptable or current to say this in a different way?
    Thanks,
    Andrea

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    Re: than

    Thanks all, I also consulted Fowler's Modern English Usage that speaks of desirable parallel constructions with rather than followed by the infinitive or the gerund according to what precedes it, although mixed less careful contructions are also found.
    Cheers,
    Andrea

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