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    "I would rather" expression

    Hi, teachers

    I was watching an American movie and encountered an expression
    "I'd rather you not ask me any more questions"
    I am wondering if this is grammatically right..
    Does this mean that "I'd rather you did not ask me any more questions"??
    If so, do native speakers speak this way often?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: "I would rather" expression

    I would rather you do what?

    I would rather you not ask me any more questions.

    "Not ask me any more questions" is a verb phrase.

    You might hear a person say this in response to someone asking annoying questions.



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    Re: "I would rather" expression

    Quote Originally Posted by Kannon View Post
    Does this mean that "I'd rather you did not ask me any more questions"??
    If so, do native speakers speak this way often?
    It's the kind of thing you might hear in speech, which is less organised than written language, but I would use I'd rather you didn't ask.

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    Re: "I would rather" expression

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd rather you didn't ask.
    'Didn't' is the past subjunctive, which means that the person being addressed actually keeps asking. Am I right?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: "I would rather" expression

    Thank you very much for your reply!

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    Re: "I would rather" expression

    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you", Kannon. It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.




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