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    I'd rather have past participle than have past participle-is such structure possible?

    Hello everybody!

    Suppose I am afraid of one person and try to avoid greeting him by all means.

    Could I say?

    I'd rather have been devoured alive by a hungry lion than have greeted him last Saturday.
    (the same meaning could be epressed as "I'd prefer to have been devoured alive by a hungry lion rather than have greeted him last Saturday")

    Thank you.

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    Re: I'd rather have past participle than have past participle-is such structure possi

    Just say you are avoiding him.

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post

    I'd rather to have been devoured alive by a hungry lion than to have run into him last Saturday.
    (the same meaning could be epressed as "I'd prefer to have been devoured alive by a hungry lion rather than to have run into him last Saturday")
    Or:

    I'd rather to have been devoured alive by a hungry lion than to have had to speak to him last Saturday.

    You could of course say eaten rather than devoured.


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    Re: I'd rather have past participle than have past participle-is such structure possi

    On this occasion I disagree with Tarheel.

    I prefer your version:

    'I'd rather have been devoured alive by a hungry lion than have greeted him last Saturday'.

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    Re: I'd rather have past participle than have past participle-is such structure possi

    I'd be interested to know where "I'd rather to have been..." is used. Maybe it's a regional variant.

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    Re: I'd rather have past participle than have past participle-is such structure possi

    I certainly have had that experience of knowing somebody I'd rather not talk to.


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    Re: I'd rather have past participle than have past participle-is such structure possi

    I like all of it except "greet/greeted/greeting". I would just use "talk to" or "deal with" or similar.

    For info, "I'd rather to have been ..." is entirely unnatural in my variant of English too.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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