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    #1

    would rather + instead of

    Hi,

    - I would rather get coke rather than/instead of coffee.
    - I would prefer to get coke rather than/instead of coffee.

    I would like to ask if we can use 'instead of' instead of 'rather than' in those sentences.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: would rather + instead of

    It makes sense to say "instead of'' if you already have your coffee, otherwise, ''rather than" fits much better.
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    #3

    Re: would rather + instead of

    In your first, I would use "instead of".

    In your second, I would use "rather than".

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    #4

    Re: would rather + instead of

    Is there any reason why you would use 'instead of' or 'rather than'?

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    #5

    Re: would rather + instead of

    Personal choice.

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    #6

    Re: would rather + instead of

    "I would rather get coke rather than coffee" is not a natural sentence we would not use "rather" twice. That alone makes "instead of" the right choice for the first one.

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    #7

    Re: would rather + instead of

    I would rather get Coke than coffee.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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